Amazon has announced that it will be hiring 100,000 new full and part-time roles in its fulfilment centres and delivery network across the US to cope with the COVID-19 panic buying.
In addition, the giant e-commerce retailer said it would invest over $350 million globally to increase staff pay for employees and partners who are in fulfilment centres, transportation operations, stores, or those making home deliveries. As a result, staff will receive an extra $2 per hour in the US, £2 per hour in the UK, and approximately €2 per hour in many EU countries. These pay increases will be paid through the end of April.
“As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Amazon and our network of partners are helping communities around the world in a way that very few can — delivering critical supplies directly to the doorsteps of people who need them,” Amazon worldwide operations senior vice president Dave Clark wrote in a blog post.
“Getting a priority item to your doorstep is vital as communities practice social-distancing, particularly for the elderly and others with underlying health issues. We are seeing a significant increase in demand, which means our labor needs are unprecedented for this time of year.”