The e-commerce giant Amazon is adding a staggering 100,000 warehouse workers this holiday season. Last year Amazon hired 80,000 temporary workers, in the U.S., to handle the extraordinary logistical load during Christmas time. This year it's planning to add 100,000 seasonal employees on top of the 25,000 full-time employees that the company has already hired during the last few months.
- We’ve hired more than 25,000 full-time associates across the U.S. in recent months and we’re looking forward to adding 100,000 seasonal employees for the upcoming holiday season, said Mike Roth, Amazon’s vice president of North America operations.
According to Amazon around half of the full-time employees come from the temporary workforce. Christmas time is apparently a good opportunity to get one's foot in the door at Amazons logistical machine.
- Following last year’s holiday season, tens of thousands of seasonal employees found regular, full-time roles with Amazon. We’re excited to grow our team by finding great talent through our seasonal hiring efforts in addition to creating new full-time jobs that offer comprehensive benefits starting on day one.
The Demand in the UK Is Growing as Well
In October Amazon made the news when they were hiring 19,000 seasonal employees in the United Kingdom. A large number for sure but one that is dwarfed by the logistical needs of the business in the United States.
The e-commerce company now has more than 90,000 full-time employees across over 50 fulfillment centers and 20 sortation stations in the United States. This number is only for the logistical operations and the total number is somewhere around 150,000 people working for Amazon full-time.