Coronavirus: Amazon hires 100,000 extra workers, ups wages for through April #COVID19 #coronavirus #USA #Amazon #pandemic

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In a rare bit of good news for the US jobs market, supermarket chains – and Amazon.com – are hiring more workers to meet an increase in demand sparked by consumer response to the coronavirus crisis. US supermarket chains Albertsons, Kroger and Raley’s have sought new hires to staff busy sections and fulfil online orders. They are turning to people in the restaurant, travel and entertainment businesses who are suddenly looking for work.

Amazon.com Inc on Monday said it would hire 100,000 warehouse and delivery workers in the United States to deal with a surge in online orders, as many consumers have turned to the web to meet their needs during the coronavirus outbreak.

With shoppers clearing out shelves in fear of quarantines or product shortages, retailers are racing to keep food and hygienic items in stock and have employees on hand for in-store work or delivery.

“We want those people to know we welcome them on our teams until things return to normal and their past employer is able to bring them back,” Amazon said in a blog post https://blog.aboutamazon.com/operations/amazon-opening-100000-new-roles.

Major shipper United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) said its trucking and air deliveries were still on despite growing government restrictions on commercial activities. It said Monday it was meeting demand with its existing workforce.

Amazon’s headcount fluctuates seasonally, recently peaking for the holiday quarter at 798,000 full and part-time workers. It was not immediately clear how many people Amazon would employ after it hires 100,000 more.

To draw new employees, Amazon said it would add US$2 to its minimum US$15 per hour to US workers’ wages through April.

Courtesy of theguardian.com

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