The e-commerce giant hosted a Sept. 15 Career Day, where it hoped to hire 40,000 corporate and technology roles across more than 220 locations in the U.S. and thousands of hourly positions within its operations network, Chain Store Age reported.
The hiring blitz comes as Amazon continues to expand its fulfillment infrastructure. Amazon opened more than 250 new fulfillment centers, sorting centers, regional air hubs, and delivery stations in the U.S. this year. In September alone, Amazon will open 100 more new locations.
The new transportation and fulfillment roles will come with an offer of at least $18 per hour, with some positions in certain locations starting at $22.50 per hour. The new hires will also be eligible for Amazon’s recently updated education benefits, the Career Choice program, in which Amazon will cover tuition costs for college as part of a $1.2 billion education investment from the company.
Amazon is offering up to $3,000 in signing bonuses for the roles and hiring is already underway. The latest hiring push comes as the retail industry has faced a workforce shortage. Amazon and other retailers have continually increased wages in an attempt to attract and retain new workers. The online retailer has hired 450,000 people in the U.S. since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus, 1 in 10 hourly employees who have been with Amazon for six months or longer have already been promoted, the company said.