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Amazon Is Hiring 250,000 Workers Ahead of the Holidays, With Some Making Up to $28 an Hour. Here Are the Roles It's Filling. The call for new hires includes a mix of full-time, part-time and seasonal employees, reflecting the company's need for a substantial labor force during the busy holiday period.

By Madeline Garfinkle Edited by Jessica Thomas

Key Takeaways

  • Amazon plans to recruit 250,000 workers for the upcoming holiday season.
  • Amazon is raising logistics staff pay to $20.50 per hour and offering bonuses of up to $3,000 to entice potential new hires.

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Amazon is gearing up to recruit a whopping 250,000 workers ahead of the upcoming holiday shopping season, the company announced in a blog post on Tuesday.

The new hires will encompass full-time, part-time and seasonal employees, offering competitive hourly rates ranging from $17 to $28, depending on location. Some of the roles include packing, sorting, and shipping customer orders, among others.

Amazon's initiative comes amid anticipation of the lowest holiday hiring surge since 2008, as estimated by Challenger, Gray & Christmas, per Bloomberg.

In its bid to attract and retain employees, the company is also raising the average pay for logistics staff to approximately $20.50 per hour. Furthermore, Amazon has sweetened the deal by introducing bonuses ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 for certain hires.

"Whether someone is looking for a short-term way to make extra money, or is hoping to take their first step toward a fulfilling and rewarding career at Amazon, there's a role available for them," John Felton, senior vice president of Worldwide Operations at Amazon, said in the post. "A fulfillment or transportation employee who starts with us today will see a 13% increase in pay over the next three years — likely more, including our annual wage investments — and that's on top of offerings like prepaid college tuition with Career Choice and healthcare benefits from day one."

Related: Want to Be a UPS Delivery Driver? The 'Hottest' Job in the Country Only Has 17 Positions Open.

The hiring move aligns with Amazon's customary practice of scaling up its workforce during the fall season to ensure an adequate labor pool for the critical holiday shopping period. In the previous year, Amazon committed to bringing on board 150,000 workers, and in 2019, it pledged to hire 200,000 seasonal workers, per Bloomberg.

Amazon is the country's second-largest private employer, behind Walmart.

However, Amazon isn't the only big-name retailer aiming to add to its workforce before the holidays. Target announced on Tuesday plans to recruit nearly 100,000 seasonal workers, roughly the same as it hired last year.

Madeline Garfinkle

News Writer

Madeline Garfinkle is a News Writer at Entrepreneur.com. She is a graduate from Syracuse University, and received an MFA from Columbia University. 

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