Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the economy is going down. Unemployment is rising and more and more people are getting laid off. However, Amazon is showing light in this time of darkness. It created 100,000 new positions last month and now, it is hiring 75,000 more workers. Due to the increase in online shopping, Amazon is boosting its employment sectors to tackle the demand. That’s why they mentioned in March that they would hire more delivery and warehouse workers across the US. As they said, they did hire 100,000 people.
“We continue to see increased demand as our teams support their communities, and are going to continue to hire, creating an additional 75,000 jobs to help serve customers during this unprecedented time.”
Amazon has also raised the hourly pay of its workers and doubled the pay if you do overtime for warehouse workers. Hence, by the end of April, delivery workers can get about 2 dollars extra for each hour in the USA, 2 pounds for each hour in the UK and 2 euros each hour in EU countries. As of now, Amazon pays 15 dollars per hour for warehouse and delivery jobs across several parts of the US.
On top of all this, Amazon has also added several benefits like unlimited unpaid time off if the workers require it, or two weeks paid leave if they are tested positive for coronavirus.