Jobs on Amazon: e-commerce giant to hire 55,000 people | Company news
new York: Amazon is embarking on another wave of hiring. The company said on Wednesday that it plans to hire 55,000 people worldwide, including about 40,000 in the United States.
Its managing director Andy Jassy said Amazon.com Inc plans to hire 55,000 people for business and technology roles around the world in the coming months. This equates to more than a third of Google’s workforce as of June 30, and nearly all of Facebook’s.
Jassy, in his first press interview since he rose to the top of Amazon in July, said the company needs more firepower to meet demand in retail, the cloud and advertising, among others.
He said the company’s new bet to launch satellites into orbit to expand broadband access, called Kuiper Project, would also require a lot of new recruits. The roles range from tech jobs and corporate roles to packaging and shipping warehouse orders for the online shopping giant.
While other companies have laid off workers during the pandemic, Amazon’s workforce exploded as more people stayed home and ordered toilet paper and groceries from the shopping site. Last year alone it hired 500,000 people.
Amazon currently employs more than 1.3 million people worldwide, making it the second-largest private employer in the United States after retail rival Walmart, which is also increasing its hiring.
The company said on Wednesday that it plans to hire 20,000 people at its Walmart and Sam’s Club warehouses to fulfill online elevator driving orders.
As Walmart before, Amazon continues to be pressured into the way it treats its workers. A union push at an Amazon warehouse in Alabama failed earlier this year, but other unions and advocates still have the company in their sights.
The Teamsters, one of the country’s largest unions, said in June they would step up efforts to organize Amazon workers, saying the company exploited employees by paying them low wages, pushing them to work. at high speed and offered no job security.
Amazon said on Wednesday that a large number of job openings were due to the growth of its business, including its cloud computing unit and its plan to send satellites into space to transmit internet service to Earth. .
The Seattle-based company said jobs open in the United States are spread across 220 Amazon sites across the country.