Amazon has announced its plans to hire 75,000 new employees across a wide range of positions, as it continues to expand its workforce in the United States and Canada. This comes as the company has seen record growth over the past year, due in large part to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to a surge in online shopping.
The new hires will be spread across a number of different roles, including corporate, tech, and hourly positions. The company has stated that it plans to offer a starting wage of $17 per hour, with sign-on bonuses of up to $1,000 in select locations. Additionally, Amazon has said it will offer new employees access to its Career Choice program, which covers up to 95% of tuition costs for courses in high-demand fields.
This move is part of Amazon’s ongoing push to expand its already massive workforce, which currently stands at around 1.3 million employees worldwide. The company has been on a hiring spree in recent years, and has already added more than 400,000 jobs to its global workforce since the beginning of 2020.
Amazon’s growth has not been without controversy, however. The company has faced criticism over its treatment of workers, particularly in its warehouses and fulfillment centers, where employees have reported grueling working conditions and a lack of job security. In response, Amazon has made efforts to improve working conditions and has introduced a number of new initiatives aimed at supporting its workforce.
Despite these challenges, Amazon remains one of the most valuable companies in the world, with a market cap of over $1.6 trillion. The company’s continued expansion and hiring efforts are likely to cement its position as one of the dominant players in the tech industry for years to come.