Amazon goes on hiring spree to meet demand

To meet the coronavirus spike in demand, Amazon is creating 75,000 new jobs to support customers, even while the 100,000 full and part time roles it hired for in March have been filled.

The Amazon company blog states, “Today, we are proud to announce our original 100,000 jobs pledge is filled, and those new employees are working at sites across the U.S. 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.

“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 their past employer can bring them back.

“We also continue to invest in pay increases and previously expected to spend $350 million to increase wages during this unprecedented time we now expect that to be over $500 million.

“We’ll continue to invest in safety, pay, and benefits for our teams who are playing an invaluable role in getting items to communities around the world.”