Amazon is set to hire 100,000 temporary workers this Christmas, just half the number it hired last year.
The online giant has launched its fifth major recruitment drive so far this year, bringing the total number of new staff it has hired since the beginning of the pandemic to more than 400,000.
It comes just a month after Amazon said it was planning to hire 100,000 new permanent staff to help it meet increased demand for online deliveries during the pandemic.
This came just weeks after it announced plans to hire 33,000 staff in early September, following similar hiring sprees in March and April in which it sought 100,000 and 75,000 new staff respectively.
Since Amazon has already dramatically increased the number of staff working in its warehouses this year, it is asking for just half of the 200,000 seasonal workers hired in 2019.
While analysts expect the overall amount of Christmas spending to remain flat this year, a significantly larger portion will be spent online, with some expecting digital sales to overtake physical sales for the first time.
After dramatically expanding its partnership with Amazon in August, seeing its entire range of goods sold via Amazon’s website for the first time, Morrisons also embarked on a recruitment frenzy to meet demand last month.
The grocer is recruiting over 1000 new permanent ‘Customer Assistant – Pick and Pack’ staff in 50 stores across the UK to help fulfil orders made via Amazon.