Amazon to add 100,000 workers to its North American jungle

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Amazon to add 100,000 workers to its North American jungle

The recruitment drive is testament to the company’s success, but its labour practices have been criticised

Laurence Dodds

Amazon is hiring another 100,000 permanent workers in the US and Canada to meet soaring demand, almost certainly taking its headcount to more than one million.

The online shopping titan said it would open 100 new operations buildings this month as it prepared for a logistical double whammy from the Christmas holidays and its delayed Prime Day sale, dates for which have yet to be announced.

New employees will receive a starting wage of at least $15 (about R250) an hour, as well as health and dental insurance, with sign-up bonuses of up to $1,000 (about R16,500) in specific cities. The positions will be part time and full time...

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