Amazon will convert 125,000 of the 175,000 temporary roles hired since March to permanent jobs if employees would like to stay at Amazon long term.
In March, we announced the hiring of 175,000 roles across our operations network to help provide for our communities and keep as many people as possible working during the COVID-19 pandemic. Like other companies, we hired these individuals for seasonal roles to meet a surge in demand and, for many, there was the hope of returning back to their previous companies once states began to re-open. As the long-term picture becomes more clear, we’re providing the opportunity for 125,000 of those who came on with us seasonally to stay with Amazon and transition into a regular, full-time role beginning in June. Some may choose to return to their previous job and others may choose to stay at Amazon in seasonal or part-time roles.
Regular, full-time roles at Amazon come with a comprehensive benefits package starting on day one, a minimum wage of at least $15 an hour, and access to training programs like Career Choice that make it easier to springboard into a different career at Amazon or other companies. We hope the option for so many people to stay on long-term at Amazon will help alleviate some of the ongoing burden of unemployment in communities across the U.S. as we all work together to fight through this crisis.
Our employees and partners in our operations network are among the many heroes during the COVID-19 crisis, and we’re investing nearly $4 billion to keep them safe and helping them deliver for people across our communities. Whether it’s fulfilling orders in one of our fulfillment centers, delivering an order to a customer’s doorstep, or one of the many roles in-between, Amazon is proud of the critical role our teams are serving by enabling people to stay safe at home while receiving the products they need. Here are just a few of their stories: