Amazon hiring 150,000 US workers for holiday shopping season

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Amazon said on Monday it plans to hire 150,000 seasonal workers in the US during the holiday period, as the e-commerce giant prepares for a shopping season expected to be characterized by high demand and supply headaches.

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Last year, the company announced 100,000 seasonal jobs, after it had already boosted staffing through the pandemic.

Amazon’s hiring plan comes during a major labor shortage and increased union activities in the US that have led to companies increasing wages to attract workers during the crucial end-of-year shopping period. 

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Last month, Amazon increased its average starting wage in the country to more than $18 an hour.

The seasonal roles will include sign-on bonuses of up to $3,000 and an additional $3 per hour depending on shifts, and Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia and Illinois are among the states that will have the highest number of seasonal jobs, Amazon said.

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Department store chain Macy’s in September announced plans to hire about 76,000 full- and part-time workers at its stores during the holiday season. Target said it plans to take on 100,000 seasonal workers. 

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Amazon said last month it had started recruiting for 20,000 seasonal positions in the UK for the Christmas season.



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