The world’s largest online retailer, Amazon.com Inc., is hiring more than twice as many holiday workers than it employs full-time year-round, just to meet the demands of the coming holiday season.
Amazon gears up for holiday shoppers
In order to fill the surge of orders it expects this year, Amazon says it will need to hire 50,000 seasonal workers to staff its fulfillment centers across the nation. The rest of the year, Amazon’s entire U.S. fulfillment center staff numbers around 20,000.
If you add in part-time workers, it’s total staff numbers around 69,000 globally as of last June, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Could become permanent for thousands
Dave Clark, vice president of global customer fulfillment for Amazon, said some of those seasonal worker may find full employment after the holidays, which comes with a 30 percent pay raise.
“Temporary associates play a critical role in meeting increased customer demand during the holiday season, and we expect thousands of temporary associates will stay on in full-time positions.”
The Friday after Thanksgiving, which has come to be known as “black Friday,” kicks off the holiday shopping season. It is the busiest day of the year for retailers, so they are getting their ducks in a row.
Major retailers routinely hire seasonal staff to supplement full-time employees in order to meet the demand of holiday shoppers. This year, however, retailers expect a brisker than normal season as the economy continues to improve and consumers have more money to spend.
According to the National Retail Federation, U.S. retailers are hiring as many as 623,000 seasonal workers this year. That is up from the 607,000 hired last year.
Wal-Mart is also hiring 50,000 seasonal workers. Kohl’s is bringing in 52,700 workers. Macy’s says it will hire 80,000, and Target is hiring 90,000 temps to meet shoppers’ demands.
Avoiding the tax man
In the past, Amazon shoppers have enjoyed a break from paying state sales taxes. However, the Seattle-based online retailer has come under pressured from states to change that. So far, however, is has staved them off by promising to build more fulfillment centers, adding jobs to communities across the country. It has said it would build 18 such centers this year. According to the Wall Street Journal, only six of them had been opened by the end of June.
According to the Los Angels Times, Amazon has 40 fulfillment centers across the nation. Wall Street Journal, however, reports that number at 69.