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05/13/2021

Amazon in hiring blitz; giving bonus to hires who show proof of vaccination

Marianne Wilson
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Amazon is hiring 75,000 people across its U.S. and Canadian fulfillment and logistics network as it continues to expand its footprint and keep up with increased demand.

In addition, the company is offering a $100 benefit to the new hires who come to Amazon already vaccinated for COVID-19.

The open jobs have an average starting pay of more than $17 per hour, plus sign-on bonuses in many locations of up to $1,000. Amazon noted that it offers full-time employees “industry-leading” benefits, which include health, vision, and dental insurance, 401(k) with 50% company match, paid parental leave, and access to various company-funded upskilling opportunities.

“We look forward to hiring 75,000 associates across our fulfillment and transportation network,” said Alicia Boler Davis, VP of global customer fulfillment at Amazon. “Working at Amazon also comes with an unwavering commitment to safety, especially as we continue to navigate a global pandemic.”

Amazon has encouraged — but not required — its employees to get vaccinated for COVID-19. In late March, the company started rolling out on-site vaccination events at its 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 front-line 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 to employees’ families. The on-site vaccine initiative is in addition to Amazon’s in-house COVID-19 testing program.