Amazon is creating 100,000 seasonal positions in its U.S. fulfillment and sortation centers throughout the 2015 holiday season to meet an expected increase in customer demand. The hiring total represents a 25% increase over last year, when Amazon hired 80,000 seasonal workers.
The company also has hired more than 25,000 full-time associates since August in advance of the season. The hires reflect the changing nature of consumer shopping habits, with warehouse roles in fulfillment and sorting facilities becoming more of a necessity.
“Following last year’s holiday season, tens of thousands of seasonal employees found regular, full-time roles with Amazon,” said Mike Roth, VP of North America Operations at Amazon. “We’re excited to grow our team by finding great talent through our seasonal hiring efforts in addition to creating new full-time jobs that offer comprehensive benefits starting on day one.”
Amazon has more than 90,000 full-time employees across its more than 50 fulfillment centers and 20 sortation centers in the U.S.
In total, retailers are expected to hire between 700,000 and 750,000 seasonal workers this holiday season, according to NRF forecasts.