Amazon Eyes Local Hires for Holidays

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With the holiday season quickly approaching, Amazon revealed plans to hire hundreds of thousands of new workers to help fulfill a growing number of orders.

Amazon announced in a press release last week that it would be bringing approximately 250,000 new employees on board nationwide, with nearly 30,000 new hires expected in Texas alone.

Last year’s retail sales were a bit lackluster compared to previous holiday seasons, as reported by The Dallas Express.

Nevertheless, Amazon is looking at the start of the holiday shopping season with optimism, aiming to fill its ranks in picking, packing, stowing, sorting, and shipping, among other positions.

“Whether someone is looking for a short-term way to make extra money, or is hoping to take their first step toward a fulfilling and rewarding career at Amazon, there’s a role available for them,” said John Felton, senior vice president of worldwide operations, per the press release.

The number of new hires sought in the recruitment drive is already nearly double that seen last year.

Ahead of the 2022 holiday season, the e-commerce giant announced that it was looking to swell its ranks by 150,000 employees, as previously reported by The Dallas Express. Sign-on bonuses between $1,000 and $3,000 were offered as incentives.

Although no sign-on bonuses were mentioned this year, the starting hourly wage will see a bump compared to 2022, according to The Dallas Morning News.

For instance, customer fulfillment and transportation employees previously earned $19 an hour on average. They could now see about $20.50 an hour.

Moreover, Felton said in the press release that joining the company as a seasonal worker can lead to full-time employment after the holiday season.

“A fulfillment or transportation employee who starts with us today will see a 13% increase in pay over the next three years — likely more, including our annual wage investments — and that’s on top of offerings like pre-paid college tuition with Career Choice and healthcare benefits on day one,” Felton said.

Of the new hires expected in the Lone Star State, approximately 13,000 will come from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. A list of available jobs can be viewed here on Amazon’s career page.

Even though Amazon is swelling its ranks, it remains to be seen whether other companies will hire more holiday workers than they did last year. Overall seasonal hiring dropped 27% in 2022 compared to the year prior, according to a report from Challenger, Grey, and Christmas Inc.

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