ReutersMar 17, 2020 10:15:01 IST
Amazon.com Inc said on Monday it would hire 100,000 warehouse and delivery workers in the United States to tackle a surge in online orders, as consumers shop heavily fearing the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.
"We are opening 100,000 new full and part-time positions across the US in our fulfillment centers and delivery network to meet the surge in demand from people relying on Amazon’s service during this stressful time, particularly those most vulnerable to being out in public.," Amazon writes in a blog post.
Amazon said it would invest over $350 million to raise the pays for these employees in the US and Canada by $2 an hour, 2 pounds in the UK and about 2 euros in the European Union.
"In the US, we will be adding an additional $2 USD per hour worked through April from our current rate of $15/hour or more, depending on the region, £2 per hour in the UK, and approximately €2 per hour in many EU countries. This commitment to increased pay through the end of April represents an investment of over $350 million in increased compensation for hourly employees across the US, Europe, and Canada."
It currently pays $15 an hour for workers in its US fulfilment centres.
As for the workers, Amazon says that it has consulted medical and health experts, and is taking all recommended precautions at its factories and stores to "keep people healthy". The company says it is promoting social distancing in the workplace and has taken on enhanced and frequent cleaning.
With inputs from Reuters
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