Amazon creates 100,000 new jobs and increases pay in the United States, the United Kingdom and many EU countries

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Amazon creates 100,000 new jobs with a pay increase globally

Amazon creates 100,000 new jobs with a pay increase globally

 March 17, 2020

Amazon is opening 100,000 new roles to support people relying on Amazon’s service during the COVID-19 pandemic, while also investing over $350 million globally to increase pay by $2/hour in the U.S., £2/hr in the UK, and approximately €2/hr in many EU countries for employees and partners who are in fulfillment centers, transportation operations, stores or those making deliveries so that others can remain at home.

Meeting the needs of Amazon customers

Amazon and its network of partners are helping communities around the world by delivering critical supplies directly to the doorsteps of people who need them. Amazon believes getting a priority item to your doorstep is vital as communities practice social-distancing, particularly for the elderly and others with underlying health issues, and the company is seeing a significant increase in demand, which means its labor needs are unprecedented for this time of year.

Amazon is therefore opening 100,000 new full and part-time positions across the U.S. in its fulfillment centers and delivery network to 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.

Supporting Amazon employees

Amazon also knows many people have been economically impacted as jobs in areas like hospitality, restaurants, and travel are lost or furloughed as part of this crisis. The company wants those people to know they welcome them on their teams until things return to normal and their past employer is able to bring them back.

In addition to the additional 100,000 new roles Amazon is creating, it wants to recognize 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.

In the U.S., Amazon will be adding an additional $2 USD per hour worked through April from its current rate of $15/hour or more, depending on the region, £2 per hour in the UK, and approximately €2 per hour in many EU countries. This commitment to increased pay through the end of April represents an investment of over $350 million in increased compensation for hourly employees across the U.S., Europe, and Canada.

Health and safety as a priority

Health and safety are a top priority with all of Amazon's roles and sites. The company continues to consult with medical and health experts, and take all recommended precautions in its buildings and stores to keep people healthy. Amazon has also taken measures to promote social distancing in the workplace and taken on enhanced and frequent cleaning, to name just a few, and is also supporting its teams with paid and unpaid time off options should they need it.

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