Amazon.com has hiked its average starting wage in the US to over $18 an hour. It is looking to expand its team of warehouse and transportation employees by 1,25,000. These job opportunities are in addition to the 40,000 corporate and technology posts that were announced in early September.
In 2018, it had set the minimum wage at $15 per hour. Considering that in some locations Amazon is now even offering up to $3,000 as signing bonus, it is clear that the Company is desperately looking for suitable talent amidst a tight market.
It is offering hourly wages between $18 to $22.50 per hour for various roles in its fulfilment centres and the transportation department. Full-time employees also enjoy health, vision and dental insurance, 401(k) with 50 per cent company match, and up to 20 weeks of paid parental leave. Recently, the Company had announced a programme wherein it covers the college tuition fee of its front-line staff.
Meanwhile, in Canada, Amazon is gearing to expand its team by 15,000 and has hiked its hourly starting wage from $16 per hour to up to $21.65. It is going to hire workers for its warehouses and its distribution centres, who will be paid anything between $17 and $21.65 an hour. In addition, existing staff will receive an extra $1.60 to $2.20 per hour, with immediate effect, irrespective of how long they have been with the Company.
Currently, Amazon has about 25,000 employees in Canada, including both full-time and part-time workers, from across five provinces. Its growth is reflected in the fact that it has 46 warehouse, logistics and delivery facilities in the country now, compared to the 30 it had in June last year.