Amazon to Create 30,000 New, Part-Time Jobs Over the Next Year
Amazon.com said last week it would create 30,000 part-time positions in the U.S. over the next year, nearly doubling its total number of part-time positions as its customer base and sprawling warehouse network expand. More specifically, Amazon will create 5,000 new part-time roles in its Virtual Customer Service program, which enables employees to work from home as customer service agents, as well 25,000 people to work part time in its warehouses, where employees sort and consolidate customer packages. Amazon already has 40,000 part-time employees across the U.S. These jobs are in addition to the 100,000 full-time jobs Amazon said in January it would add over the next year-and-a-half, bringing its total U.S. workforce to 280,000.
Total Retail's Take: Amazon is offering these positions to people who want or need a flexible job — e.g., military spouses, college students, parents. And as part-time jobs, these are plum: part-time and virtual customer service employees at Amazon who work at least 20 hours per week receive benefits, including life, disability, dental and vision insurance. Workers also have access to the company’s innovative Career Choice program that pre-pays 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether those skills are relevant to jobs at Amazon.