Amazon (AMZN) to Hire 125,000 Staff With a Starting Pay of $18 Per Hour

September 14, 2021 6:36 AM EDT

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Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced today it is seeking to hire 125,000 local staff throughout the US, in addition to 40,000 corporate and tech jobs it previously announced that it is looking to add.

AMNZ states that the starting pay for fulfillment and transportation jobs is over $18 per hour, rising to $22.50 per hour in some locations.

“Amazon’s job creation efforts will be welcomed by job seekers across America—especially in more rural locations, which are traditionally not the focus of strong retail investment,” said Neil Saunders, Managing Director, Retail, for Global Data, an intelligence and analytics research firm.

AMZN is racing to hire more staff after it opened more than 250 new fulfillment centers, sortation centers, regional air hubs, and delivery stations in 2021. A further 100 more buildings are due to be opened in September alone.

Dave Clark, CEO of Worldwide Consumer at Amazon, commented:

"We take our responsibility as an employer seriously and want our employees to succeed and thrive. That's why we offer an average starting wage of over $18 per hour, provide a great range of comprehensive benefits—including healthcare coverage, parental leave, career training, and ways to save for the future—and have a team of thousands working to build a safe and inclusive work environment. Whether you're looking for a short-term job to make money for the holidays or a long-term career, you're welcome here, and we look forward to having you on our team."

The company said it hired over 450,000 people in the U.S. and is the largest job creator.

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