Amazon to hire 125,000 employees averaging $18 an hour

Amazon to hire 125,000 employees averaging $18 an hour

Workers retrieve boxes at an Amazon fulfillment center on Prime Day in Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S., on Monday, June 21, 2021.

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Amazon said Tuesday it is looking to fill 125,000 roles nationwide averaging $18 an hour, as competition for workers in a tough labor market continues to heat up.

Dozens of companies from Walmart to Target have begun offering incentives like education benefits, higher pay, and sign-on bonuses to woo workers and Amazon is no different. Last week, the e-commerce giant also said it would cover the cost of college tuition, including books and fees, for its 750,000 hourly employees nationwide.

The roles come in addition to the 40,000 corporate and tech roles the company said it was hiring for earlier this month. Since the pandemic began, Amazon says it has hired 450,000 workers nationwide.

While Amazon’s starting pay stands at $15 an hour, the company said it would offer a $3,000 signing bonus in some locations, and some roles could offer up to $22.50.

This year Amazon said it has opened over 250 new fulfillment centers, airport hubs, and facilities in the U.S., and plans to open 100 additional facilities in September alone.

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