Mar 17, 2020

Amazon on hiring spree as coronavirus spurs demand

Amazon has said it will hire 100,000 warehouse and delivery workers in the US to deal with a surge in sales during the coronavirus pandemic. Like Amazon, US supermarket chains, including Albertsons, Kroger and Raley's, are hiring extra workers as they see online demand rise. Amazon said it would increase hourly wages by $2 in the US, £2 in the UK, and €2 in Europe. The company did not say whether it would also be taking on new workers in the UK. Last week Amazon said it would provide up to two weeks of pay to all employees diagnosed with the coronavirus, and set up a $25m fund to support its independent delivery service partners and drivers. There have been more than 182,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus globally and more than 7,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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