An Amazon warehouse
Amazon said the jobs will offer an average starting pay of $17 per hour, reflecting its recent wage increases, which bumped up pay by between 50 cents and $3 an hour for more than half a million of its U.S. operations employees.
The company said it will also offer a $100 bonus to new warehouse and transportation hires who show proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. Amazon hasn’t required its frontline workers to get vaccinated, but it has nudged employees to get vaccinated by offering them a bonus of up to $80. Other companies including Target, McDonald’s and Kroger have also offered incentives to employees who get the Covid-19 shot.
Amazon in March began rolling out on-site vaccination clinics at warehouses in Missouri, Nevada and Kansas. Since then, Amazon said clinics have rolled out to more than 250 warehouses across the U.S. and Canada, covering more than half a million frontline warehouse and delivery workers.
The new hires will help Amazon staff up its rapidly growing footprint of warehouses. Amazon has benefited from a pandemic-fueled surge in e-commerce and plowed profits back into physical expansion within the last year.