Amazon is offering seasonal hires sign-on bonuses as it ramps up for the holidays amid one of the most severe labor shortages in U.S. history.
The company is looking to hire 150,000 seasonal workers across the United States. The holiday hiring blitz is in addition to Amazon’s previously announced plans to hire more than 40,000 new corporate and tech employees and 125,000 full- and part-time employees for fulfillment and transportation jobs.
Amazon said the starting pay for its seasonal employees averages $18 per hour, with some shifts receiving an additional $3 per hour (depending on location.) The company is also offering seasonal workers sign-on bonuses of up to $3,000.
Amazon’s seasonal workforce will help support the company’s full-time employees across more 250 new fulfillment centers, sortation centers, regional air hubs and delivery stations that opened in 2021. States with the greatest number of seasonal roles include Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
Amazon’s newest hiring effort comes as retailers across the country are competing for both seasonal and permanent workers. In September, Walmart said it plans to hire 20,000 employees across more than 250 Walmart and Sam’s Club distribution centers, fulfillment centers and transportation offices. Earlier this month, Target is adding 30,000 new supply chain roles for the holiday season and beyond. All 100% of retail respondents in a recent Korn Ferry survey reported having trouble hiring distribution center employees.
“We are proud to be offering a huge range of full-time, part-time, and now seasonal jobs with great pay and benefits,” said Alicia Boler Davis, senior VP, global customer fulfillment. “Our seasonal hiring helps us deliver on our promises to customers while also providing flexibility to our full-time employees during busy periods. Joining Amazon in one of our seasonal roles offers high-paying, part-time work, or a path to a full-time position, with benefits like our Career Choice program to help people advance their education and careers within Amazon or beyond.”
Amazon was recently named by LinkedIn as the No. 1 company where Americans want to work and develop their careers.