Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) has revealed they will be hiring 30,000 part-time workers over the next 12 months in the United States. 25,000 of these jobs will be in the many warehouses of the business, while the remaining 5,000 positions are in customer service. Amazon employs close to 40,000 part-time employees already across the United States. So the latest announcement will almost double that figure.
Part-time employees who work at the company also receive benefits, which include tuition fees for courses in “high-demand fields”. However, to qualify, an employee must give a minimum of 20 hours every week.
Amazon Will Hire 100,000 Full-Time Workers Too
The new part-time jobs are certainly good news for people who are looking for employment. However, this is just a small part of the overall hiring plans of Amazon. Last January, they revealed the plans of hiring more than 100,000 full-time workers over the next 18 months, which will bring the total workforce in the United States to almost 280,000. Most of these new jobs will also be in warehouses. Some of the new recruits will be answering phones.
As of now, they haven’t said anything about hiring more coders or other high-end workers. That may come as well, given the fact that the company is growing rapidly, often at the cost of traditional brick-and-mortar retailers.
Jeff Bezos, the founder and Chief Executive of Amazon said in a statement, “These jobs are not just in our Seattle headquarters or in Silicon Valley — they’re in our customer service network, fulfillment centers and other facilities in local communities throughout the country”.
Trump Takes Credit
When Amazon made the announcement of adding 100,000 full-time jobs in January, just days after Trump’s inauguration as President, the team at White House was quick to take credit. Trump’s team said Amazon made the announcement after the President met heads of several tech companies, and announced job creation will be a priority of the new administration in Washington.
However, insiders at Amazon and analysts too say it is likely that Amazon would have added these jobs regardless of whom Americans decided to put in the White House.
That is because Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) needs to add these positions to deal with their rapidly expanding shipping coverage. Presently, Amazon ranks 19th on the number of employees they have across the globe among American firms. Wal-Mart with two million employees around the world is at the top position.