Amazon will hire 100,000 warehouse and delivery drivers in the US to deal with the huge surge in online orders.
With the spread of coronavirus, consumers are turning to online shopping to fulfil purchases they previously made in person.
Amazon yesterday announced it would hire the staff in full and part-time positions across the US, across its fulfilment centres and delivery network.
Writing in a company blog post shared on Monday, Amazon’s senior vice president Dave Clark explained that the business would “meet the surge in demand from people relying on Amazon’s service during this stressful time, particularly those most vulnerable to being out in public.”
“We also 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,” added Clark.
“We want those people to know we welcome them on our teams until things return to normal and their past employer is able to bring them back.”
The online retailing giant said it would invest $350 million globally to increase pay by $2 per hour in the US and £2 per hour in the UK.
“In addition to the additional 100,000 new roles we’re creating, we want to recognize our employees who are playing an essential role for people at a time when many of the services that might normally be there to support them are closed,” explained Clark.