Amazon announces 30000 job openings paying $15 or more in the US

Mark Lennihan  Bloomberg News

Mark Lennihan Bloomberg News

Amazon is going on a hiring spree. The online shopping giant is looking to fill more than 30,000 vacant jobs by early next year, and is holding job fairs across the country next week to find candidates.

Amazon said the hiring events will take place September 17 in six locations where it thinks it can find the strongest talent: Arlington, Va. - where it's building a second headquarters; Boston; Chicago; Dallas; Nashville, Tenn.; and its hometown of Seattle.

Positions available at the job fairs will range from software developers to warehouse workers, and all jobs will be permanent or part-time positions that include benefits. More than 300,000 of those employees are full-time, according to the company.

By end of the fourth quarter previous year, Amazon has hired around 650,000 workers, and this does not include contractual and seasonal employees, its annual report showed, making Amazon the second-largest private employer in the U.S. next to rival, Walmart.

Just recently, the company announced an undertaking to have a good number of its workforce into tech positions, promising to retrain 100,000 personnel, help them transition into more technical roles, and impart on the new knowledge.

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"Amazon has created more than 300,000 new jobs in the USA over the last decade - and we're proud to continue investing and creating opportunities for people across the country", Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said in a statement.

The high number of job openings, which Amazon said is the most it's had at one time, shows how fast the company is growing. "You'll get to invent and see Amazon making even bolder bets on behalf of our customers". And the company is moving into more industries, including health care and advertising.

Launched as an online bookshop more than 20 years ago, Amazon is now engaged in creating films, voice-powered devices, and plans to send satellites into orbit to provide internet service. Recently, Amazon said it would turn to its own employees to find more tech-savvy workers, offering to retrain 100,000 employees, or a third of its US workforce, and help them switch to more technical jobs, like software engineering.

"This is a way to generate a lot of momentum and attention", Horrigan said.

Amazon will also begin hiring tens of thousands of temporary workers in the coming weeks in preparation of the holiday season.

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