Almost a month back, Amazon opened up 100,000 new jobs amidst a demand surge caused by COVID-19. Today, the firm announced that those 100,000 jobs have been filled up, and now it will be hiring a further 75,000 people. The new jobs will be ranging from warehouse staff to delivery drivers keeping in view the increase in online orders.
The announcement comes hot on the heels of record-high unemployment rates across the United States. The e-commerce giant has also had to deal with significant pressure calling for the company to close its warehouses after several cases were reported in the facilities. However, the company stated that it is building its own COVID-19 testing labs for workers. The company further stated that it had made 150 significant process changes at warehouses globally to protect its staff.
The firm also increased its hourly wages, adding $2 to its minimum $15 per hour to U.S. workers’ wages through April. Considering the increase in wages, initially, the firm expected to spend around $350 million, but that figure has now risen to $500 million in increased compensation for hourly employees globally.