Amazon announced on Friday that it is hiring 75,000 people in its fulfillment centers across the U.S. and Canada. The company also mentioned pay increases, with an average starting at $17 per hour, sign-on bonuses of up to $1,000 and an additional $100 bonus for new hires who come to Amazon already vaccinated for COVID-19.
In late March, the company began rolling out on-site vaccination events at fulfillment centers in Missouri, Nevada and Kansas. The program has now expanded to more than 250 locations across the U.S. and Canada and offers more than half a million frontline employees, contractors and partners access to the COVID-19 vaccine. In many locations, Amazon has also partnered with local authorities to expand its vaccination program.
Hiring for the 75,000 roles is already underway for locations in, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Washington and Wisconsin.
Penelope Blackwell is a reporting fellow at Protocol covering edtech. She reports on the developments in tech that are shaping the future of learning. Previously, she interned at The Baltimore Sun covering emerging news and produced content for Carnegie-Knight's News21 documenting hate and bias incidents in the U.S. She is also a recent graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and Morgan State University.