Amazon CEO Andy Gacy said the company plans to hire 55,000 people in technology and business operations globally in the coming months. This equates to more than a third of Google’s staff at the end of June and the equivalent of all Facebook employees.
In his first press interview since he joined in charge, Gacy added that the company needs more firepower to keep up with demand in the retail, cloud computing and advertising industries, among other businesses.
He said the company’s new bet to launch satellites in orbit to expand broadband access, according to its Project Kuiper, would also require many new employees.
Amazon’s annual job fair kicks off on September 15, and Gacy hopes now is a good time to hire. He pointed to a US survey conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers that 65% of workers want to change jobs.
The company said the new hires will represent a 20% increase in Amazon’s technology and business staff, which currently number around 275,000 globally.
Amazon’s move, just the latest wave of hiring it has undertaken, follows a period of intense scrutiny of its work practices and opposition by Amazon’s global workers union.
When asked how Amazon’s demanding workplace culture could change, Gacy said her strong focus on customers and innovation prepares her for improvement.
The jobs Amazon is marketing include engineering, scientific research, and robotics jobs, which are in largely new to the company rather than jobs the company has recently lost.
Amazon is the second largest private employer in the United States, with over 500,000 people in 2020, in a large part in warehouse and delivery operations. These are the work areas that have recorded a high turnover rate.
The company is investing heavily in building more warehouses and raising wages to attract workers, in order to meet the strong demand from shoppers looking for home-delivered products. Gacy said Amazon was “very competitive from a compensation standpoint.” “We have arrivedin top the minimum wage of $ 15, “he said, and for some states in media, “in in fact, the starting salary is $ 17 per hour. “
Of the more than 55,000 jobs announced by Gacy, more than 40,000 will be in the United States, while more will be in countries such as India, Germany and Japan.
It is scheduled to be a global career fair. This is after Amazon saw 22,000 people from India last year, among other places outside the United States, Gacy said.
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