There’s been an increase in the average beginning wage at Amazon in the United States to more than $18 an hour, and the company wants to add 125,000 more warehouse jobs and transportation workers, according to Reuters. 

Averaging roughly $17 a month since May, the world’s largest online retailer has increased salary. According to Dave Bozeman, vice president of Amazon Delivery Services jobs, the business is offering signing bonuses of $3,000 in some areas, which is treble what the company gave four months ago. 

As Reuters reported first, in an increasingly tight U.S. labor market, big businesses are trying to attract workers. Fewer Americans are filing for unemployment benefits as job opportunities have reached a record high in a recovering economy. the rest of the story 

A strong rivalry, according to Bozeman, was the reason for Amazon’s latest pay boost, according to Bozeman’s analysis. According to Amazon, a $1 boost on a $17-per-hour income would be equivalent to a 6 percent increase. 

Amazon set a minimum salary of $15 per hour, currently the second-largest private employer in the United States. For example, Walmart Inc (WMT.N) recently announced that its minimum wage would increase to $15 in October, while Walgreens Boot Alliance Inc (WBA.O) said its minimum pay would increase to $15 in October. the rest of the story 

It’s a tight labor market, and we’ve seen some of that as the entire industry is seeing,” said Bozeman, who spoke in an interview at a delivery station in Tukwila, Washington. 

Amazon, he claimed, would keep its $15-an-hour base salary. According to him, the online shop stands out from its competitors because it offers benefits such as support for college tuition for employees and starting pay as high as $22.50 in some places. 

Following Amazon’s announcements in May about logistics hiring and this month’s announcement on corporate jobs recruiting the company’s labor practices have come under heightened scrutiny. Amazon’s hardline anti-union attitude and demanding warehouse work were on full show this year when some employees in Alabama attempted to organize but failed. Former CEO Jeff Bezos claimed the corporation needed a better vision for its employees after that struggle ended. 

In a CNBC interview that aired on Tuesday, Andy Jassy, who succeeded Bezos, said that the United States ought to raise the federal minimum wage. 

Over the course of the year, Amazon has opened more than 250 logistics facilities in the United States and is now seeking staff to help run 100 of them. One-day delivery for Prime members has been on Amazon’s to-do list for a long time, and some of the new hires will help with that. 

The 125,000 who are warehouse workers is really to help us keep up with our growth,” said Bozeman, who added that only a minority of jobs were to address attrition. Amazon said it would fill the roles, which are full- and part-time, as quickly as possible but did not offer a timeline. 

The company’s external delivery service partners aim to hire another 50,000 workers by year-end, too, Amazon said. 

Nicole Bilich, a human resources manager, said that Amazon’s Stockton, California, warehouse, which is set to open in October, has attracted candidates because of its competitive salary. However, employing 2,200 employees in three to four months is no easy task. “The biggest challenge we have is really just the numbers of people we need,” she said. 

Source: Reuters