Amazon Plans To Hire 150,000 Workers

Amazon said on Thursday that it is recruiting 150,000 people in the United States to manage the holiday rush.

The retail giant usually hires a lot of temporary workers during the busy holiday shopping season so it can keep up with demand.

Amazon said it is looking for full-time, seasonal, and part-time warehouse workers to pick, pack, store, and ship items.

The company raised the average starting salary for warehouse and delivery workers to more than $19 an hour from $18 an hour last week because the job market is so tight.

Amazon is paying sign-on bonuses ofranging from $1,000 to $3,000, depending on the location, to recruit and retain staff.

Amazon is ramping up recruiting as it prepares for its second Prime Day-like sale next week. Some analysts predict a weaker holiday season due to rising inflation and economic worries.

Macroeconomic worries, combined with pandemic-driven expansion, have forced Amazon to cut costs across several areas of the company.

Amazon has halted or delayed the opening of new facilities after its pandemic-driven expansion left it with too much warehouse space.

In the second quarter, the company cut 99,000 jobs, bringing the total number of employees down to 1.52 million.

Amazon is hiring the same number of workers it said it would add last year. This is happening as other stores are finalizing their plans for the holiday season.