Amazon stepped up its hiring efforts on Monday, saying it would hire an additional 100,000 employees to meet the surge in demand for online shopping during the epidemic.
The world’s largest online retailer, run by Jeff Bezos, said the new positions are full- and part-time jobs across the U.S. and Canada, including roles at the 100-package sorting center and other facilities it opened in September.
The news marks Amazon’s fourth hiring spree in the U.S. this year, and comes ahead of what it expects to be one of the busiest holiday shipping periods ever.
Amazon’s latest hiring spree comes days after it announced the creation of 33,000 corporate and technology jobs. In March and April, it also said it would add 100,000 and 75,000 new operational jobs, respectively.
We opened 100 buildings this month alone, spanning new fulfillment and sorting centers, delivery stations and other sites”, said Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of global operations.
Amazon’s stock has soared nearly 70 percent so far this year, according to FactSet, as hundreds of millions of people trapped in their homes during the epidemic turn to the delivery giant to keep them fed, clothed and entertained.
Targeting shoppers helped drive second-quarter sales up 40% to $88.9bn, with the company recording net income of $5.2bn in the three months to the end of June 2020.
The rise in Amazon’s share price means Bezos, 56, is already the world’s richest man, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, after his personal wealth soared above the $200 billion threshold on Aug. 26, following a sharp rise in U.S. technology stocks.
On Monday, he had a net worth of $184 billion, ahead of Microsoft.
Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO, has a net worth of $10.1 billion.
Since 2010, Amazon has directly created more than 600,000 jobs across corporate offices and operating bases in the U.S. and invested more than $350 billion, including infrastructure and compensation, in more than 40 states.
This makes the Seattle-based group one of the largest private sector employers in the world.
Clark said Amazon’s expansion came with an “unwavering commitment” to security.
“Collectively, our new team members have completed more than 1.2 million hours of safety training and expect to have more than 500,000 more hours of training to ensure a safe and modern environment for our employees and partners in addition to providing fast and efficient deliveries for our customers.” He said.