Amazon is conducting a giant job fair on Wednesday and plans to create thousands of job offers at nearly a dozen U.S. warehouses on the spot.
This is common for Amazon to increase in August its shipping center staff and to prepare for holiday shopping. The hiring spree magnitude underscores the growth of Amazon and the traditional retailers are blaming Amazon for its goods buying shift online.
Nearly 40,000 of the 50,000 packing, shipping and sorting jobs at Amazon are expected as full time. Most of them will count towards Amazon’s earlier announced goal of adding 100,000 full-time workers by the next year middle.
The bad news is also that more people may lose jobs in stores, said Anthony Carnevale, director of Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce.
Amazon warehouse jobs offer competitive and decent wages and this may help in building skills.
“Interpersonal team work, critical thinking, problem solving all that stuff goes on with these warehouses” Carnevale said. “They are just entry-level jobs for many young people, and this is given even to those who are making their way through school.”
At one warehouse Amazon refers them as “fulfillment centers” and the company hopes hiring over 200 people Wednesday, adding to a 1500 workforce.
The company is advertising wages ranging from $11.50 an hour at the Tennessee location to $13.75 an hour at the Washington site that is near Amazon’s Seattle headquarters.
Amazon is also planning to conduct events in Oklahoma City and Buffalo, New York for part-time positions.