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Amazon wants to hire 125,000 people in the United States – Economy

The American e-commerce giant Amazon announced on Tuesday that it wanted to recruit 125,000 people in the United States for its logistics – warehouses or transport – two weeks after indicating that it wanted to hire tens of thousands of employees around the world to office workstations.

The Seattle group did not give details on the timing of these recruitments which, he said, will be associated with a base hourly wage of 18 dollars (15.20 euros), which can reach up to ‘at $ 22.50, in some places.

The minimum wage for Amazon employees in the United States has been $ 15 per hour since 2018, more than double the federal minimum wage ($ 7.25). Some positions will also offer a bonus of $ 3,000 upon hiring. Full-time employees will have access to health insurance, a retirement savings plan, and the option of having the company paid for their university studies.

Explosion in the number of online orders

In early September, the company said it wanted to hire 55,000 people in the United States, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region in office positions (human resources, marketing, tech).

On Monday, Amazon also announced the upcoming recruitment of 15,000 employees in Canada during the fall and pledged to increase the hourly wages of so-called “front-line” employees (in charge of shipping, transport or transport. logistic).

The company organizes, Wednesday in North America, then Thursday in Europe and Asia, a large job fair by videoconference.

This wave of hiring aims to respond to the explosion in the number of online orders, the group having already recruited more than 450,000 people on American soil since the start of the pandemic.

It also comes at a time when large-scale distribution is looking to strengthen its workforce in preparation for the end-of-year celebrations. At the end of 2020, Amazon had 1.3 million employees worldwide.