Amazon Is Offering To Keep 125000 Workers It Hired For The Pandemic

Marco Green
May 30, 2020

Regular, full-time roles at Amazon come with a comprehensive benefits package starting on day one, a minimum wage of at least $15 an hour, and access to training programmes like Career Choice that make it easier to springboard into a different career at Amazon or other companies.

The company has been on a hiring spree since March, when government leaders across the United States began issuing shelter-in-place mandates to stem the spread of Covid-19.

Amazon.com Inc AMZN.O plans to offer permanent jobs to about 70% of the US workforce it has hired temporarily to meet consumer demand during the coronavirus pandemic, the company told Reuters on Thursday.

In June, Amazon will invite 125,000 warehouse and logistics workers to stay on with the company, opening up benefits that are not available to seasonal employees.

Some Amazon staff, unions and elected officials have said the company has put employees' health at risk by keeping almost all its warehouses operational during the pandemic. The remaining 50,000 workers it has brought on will stay on seasonal contracts that last up to 11 months, a company spokeswoman said. This week, an additional 2.1 million Americans applied for unemployment, bringing the total up to 41 million since the beginning of the pandemic.

The e-commerce giant has added 175,000 seasonal employees to its workforce since March, absorbing workers from travel, hospitality, and other sectors that suffered due to the lack of business during the pandemic.

Amazon has also invected almost $4 billion on its employees to implement health and safety measures to protect employees, saying that its employees are doing their all amidst the pandemic alongside the people working on the front lines. The full-time jobs will kick in the same month Amazon winds down its $2 an hour hazard pay for workers.

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