Amazon is hiring 125,000 warehouse workers, some of whom will earn up to $ 22.50 an hour, the company said Tuesday.
As the race to hire warehouse workers in preparation for the holiday season intensifies, Amazon has increased its average starting wage for fulfillment and transportation workers, who will now earn more than $ 18 an hour, from about $ 15 an hour.
In some of its tightest job markets, which are typically urban areas, the e-commerce giant pays up to $ 22.50 an hour and also dangles a $ 3,000 sign-up bonus, the company said.
Amazon is also opening more than 100 fulfillment centers and regional delivery stations in September, after opening more than 250 of those facilities in the last year alone.
The company did not immediately disclose the location of these facilities, including whether any would be in the New York area.
The hiring frenzy comes as most retailers including Walmart, Target, Home Depot, and Macy’s usually announce their plans to hire seasonal workers, but this year, according to outplacement firm Challenger, many large companies are choosing to hire full-time rather than temporary workers set, Gray & Christmas.
“In just a few weeks before the Christmas shopping season begins, retailers are announcing fixed hiring plans instead of seasonal ones,” said Andrew Challenger, the company’s senior vice president, in a statement Tuesday.
Earlier this month, Walmart announced plans to Hire 20,000 logistics employees, but has not yet announced any seasonal hiring plans for holidays, stressed Challenger.
Last week Walmart had his too Hourly wages for branch employees by $ 1 an hour, which works out at an average hourly rate of $ 16.40, the company said.
US companies have announced only 190,000 seasonal hires so far this year, up from 301,700 at that time last year, according to the outplacement company.
Many companies also sweeten their service packages, including Amazon and Walmart, which announced programs to cover tuition fees at certain universities.