Jul 29 2013, 8:13am CDT | by Sumayah Aamir
Of the 7000 new jobs for which Amazon will be making space, 5,000 are at its fulfillment centers. As for the remaining 2000, they consist of clientele service positions. It means 5,000 jobs will be offered on full tie basis while 2,000 will be part time jobs. This bold step taken by Amazon comes just prior to President Obama’s visit to their fulfillment center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. According to Amazon executives, these new careers which are to become a reality will have salaries which are 30% greater than the normal run-of-the-mill jobs. Furthermore, they happen to have longer working hours, medical allowance and old age benefits to boot. Amazon has been growing by leaps and bounds. Its working staff has increased by threefold in the past three odd years. In the United States alone it employs 20,000 individuals. Globally, the people working for Amazon almost equal a million in number. Thus it offers some tough competition to Microsoft.
The current employment creation has cost Amazon a pretty penny but only in the short term. The deficit of $7 million in the last quarter was taken in a stride. Amazon definitely has the right attitude. Meanwhile the 5000 new jobs will help the company grow by 25%. Amazon fulfillment centers deal in handling, packaging and sending orders via shipments. It is all being done in a bid to increase creativity and improve customer service. At this stage Amazon has come to rival eBay too in its quest for ever wider horizons.
Amazon's VP of worldwide operations and customer service, Dave Clark said in a press release, "We’re hiring more than 5,000 people to join our team and help us continue to innovate and serve our customers. We’re focused on sustained innovation across Amazon and want to help our employees succeed—whether at Amazon or elsewhere—so we offer programs like Career Choice, where we’ll pay for up to 95% of eligible employees’ tuition regardless of whether the skills they learn are relevant to a career at Amazon.”
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