Amazon to hire 75,000 more staff across USA and Canada as demand rises during pandemic

Amazon has opened up 75,000 more job vacancies as the company races to find warehouse workers to meet the high demand during the coronavirus pandemic.

The online shopping giant said it needs an unprecedented amount of labour for this time of the year and is willing to pay more to attract enough staff.

Four weeks ago, the firm completed its push for 100,000 more workers and now needs to recruit more people to manage the demand.

In a statement on its website the company said that it was happy to announce that its pledge for 100,000 new employees had been filled and all the individuals were working at sites across the US to serve customers.

The statement said: “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.”

It added: “We know many people have been economically impacted as jobs in areas like hospitality, restaurants, and travel are lost or furloughed as part of this crisis, and we welcome anyone out of work to join us at Amazon until things return to normal and their past employer is able to bring them back."

The pandemic has greatly impacted Amazon’s enormous logistics network, driving normally rapid delivery times into days or weeks and diminishing stocks and less important items.

The jobs are being advertised in 30 US states and in Canada.

In addition, the company has over 20,000 open tech jobs listed on its site, primarily for software developers, solutions architects, and IT support workers.

Amazon has lifted salaries and safety measures since the beginning of March, increasing base pay in the UK by £2 per hour, doubling overtime awards, providing protective equipment and offering paid sick leave for workers who contract Covid-19.

A month ago it was not clear what safety measures were in place or how warehouse staff could keep at low risk of contracting the virus when the advice from many governments has been to avoid social contact and work from home where possible.

However, Amazon said it has taken additional precautions to help workers stay safe from infection, such as extra cleaning and "measures to promote social distancing in the workplace.

Meanwhile, Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Apple are all hiring tech jobs including engineers, data scientists, software designers, and cybersecurity experts, according to job listings on CareerBuilder and the companies' own job sites.

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