Amazon is hiring this holiday season, announcing plans to hire an additional 120,000 people in 75 fulfillment centers across the United States. Many of those jobs allowing for lead-ins to stay on for possible full-time employment. With currently 125,000 full-time employees throughout its locations in over 33 states, they’ve already seen a considerable increase over the 90,000 about two years ago. As the holiday season draws ever closer, Amazon gets busier with an increase in their demand for more workers. Amazon’s fulfillment center head Greg Zielinski describes the season as the company’s “Super Bowl.”
Amazon says that 90% of people working in its U.S. fulfillment centers are full-time employees if their time is calculated for an average amount over the fiscal year. The company has maintained this level since it first started its holiday hiring plans a little over two years ago.
“We prepare year-round for the holidays, and we’re excited to hire for over 120,000 positions this season to help delight our customers,” said Dave Clark, Senior Vice President of Amazon’s Global Customer Fulfillment. “We look forward to welcoming back holiday employees who return year-after-year to Amazon and welcome new faces to the team, many of whom will continue on with regular, full-time roles with the company after the holidays.”
The company’s overall global employment is currently over 380,000 people, including those who work in the company’s Seattle HQ, its worldwide operations, and its fulfillment network of warehouses. Additionally, Amazon is looking to add a second United States headquarters where it will hire as many as 50,000 more people.
The hirings are done optimistically, as shoppers this year should spend more during the holidays, according to industry surveys. Holiday spending is buoyed by a labor market that is producing more jobs each month, with rising home prices and the stock markets reporting record highs. Unemployment rates have fallen to a more than sixteen year low of 4.2%. And annual wage growth had risen to 2.9% in September, which suggests retailers are wary of hiring more seasonal workers, as it would boost labor costs.