Amazon has said that it will be hiring 150,000 seasonal employees in the U.S. to assist with a surge of demand tied to the holiday shopping rush. This is a sharp uptick from last year when Amazon said it would bring on 100,000 seasonal employees. The move is an effort to get packages out of their warehouses swiftly.
The company made this announcement during the week that it will be hiring up to 150,000 employees which will help pick, pack and ship orders at warehouses across Amazon’s sprawling fulfillment network. It continued that this is to type up its ranks in the fall to help tackle the flurry of orders that arrive leading up to the holidays, a period often referred to as “peak season.”
Amazon said the jobs have an average starting pay of $18 an hour. The company will also offer a $3,000 sign-on bonus in some locations, along with an additional $3 per hour for workers in some shifts.
Amazon said it would hire 150,000 seasonal employees to help manage the holiday shopping rush.
Amazon is dangling incentives such as sign-on bonuses and free college tuition as it faces a tightening labor market. Other companies including rivals Walmart and Target have also upped their perks to lure workers.
The company has been on a hiring spree since the start of the pandemic, bringing on 500,000 employees in 2020. It has also plowed profits back into physical expansion to grow its warehouse and logistics operations at breakneck speed across the country.
The new holiday hires come after Amazon said in September it was looking to hire 125,000 employees nationwide.