Amazon to hire 100,000 workers, its 4th hiring spree this year

On Monday, in a statement Amazon.com Inc said, it is ramping up its recruitment drive and will be hiring 100,000 more workers – its fourth hiring spree, to keep pace with surging e-commerce demand.

The hiring positions will be full time and part time and will be based in its home country as well as in Canada; it will include roles at 100 new warehouse and operations sites it is opening this month.

As of June 30, the e-commerce giant had 876,800 in its rosters, excluding contractors and temporary personnel.

The development reflects Amazon’s constant need for labor to pick, pack and ship products to shoppers’ doorsteps, with a 40% revenue rise last quarter and the biggest profit in the retailer’s 26-year-history. It comes at a time when it is rolling out automation at its newest buildings, said Alicia Boler Davis, Amazon’s vice president of global customer fulfillment.

“We will continue to deploy technology where appropriate, starting from a safety perspective” and “where we can improve our overall operation,” said Davis.

Although she did not elaborate on whether automation means fewer jobs per warehouse, she however said, Amazon uses its systems for collaboration with people.

“We don’t look at it as an ‘either/or.’”

Apart from the 100,000 positions, Amazon is also evaluating seasonal employment needs for the winter holiday, said Davis.

Earlier this month Amazon announced 33,000 openings for corporate and technology workers.

In March and April, it announced openings for 100,000 and 75,000 new operations, respectively.

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