Amazon has announced plans to hire 100,000 new warehouse and delivery workers to meet increased demands for shipments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As more governments encourage people to stay indoors and avoid going out unless they have to, people are turning to online shopping to purchase groceries and household supplies. On Friday, March 13, the company announced that they could experience delays in Prime shipments and that the company was running out of stock on some highly demanded products.
“We are seeing a significant increase in demand, which means our labour needs are unprecedented for this time of year,” said Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of worldwide operations.
In addition to the 100,000 new jobs the company has stated that in the US it will be adding an additional $2 per hour worked through April, depending on the region, £2 per hour in the UK, and approximately €2 per hour in many EU countries.