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Amazon employs thousands of people to handle the growing number of orders due to the coronavirus

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The U.S. e-commerce giant has decided to hire 100,000 additional warehouse workers in the U.S. and to raise current hourly wages by $2 per hour by April. Jeff Bezos’ company wants to meet the needs of the market and the growing number of online purchases in connection with the coronavirus pandemic.

Amazon decided to hire an additional 100,000 employees due to a significant increase in demand, unprecedented at this time of year. 

The company will recruit employees on a full-time and part-time basis. The offers are addressed to both warehouse employees and delivery truck drivers. In addition, the company has decided to appreciate its current employees, who are more than usual burdened with work. They’ll get a raise of $2 an hour. 

This pay-raising commitment by the end of April represents an investment of $350 million in pay rises for hourly workers in the United States, Europe and Canada,” said Dave Clark, Amazon’s vice president of operations, in a statement for Transport Topics.

As the company has admitted, customers in the United States can expect delays in delivery over the weekend and some products will be unavailable. Amazon explains the situation with the coronavirus pandemic and the related increase in online customer activity. 

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