Amazon to hire over 55,000 IT professionals in multiple roles
E-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc has planned to hire more than 55,000 people for various positions in tech and corporate from around the world in the coming weeks.
Speaking with Reuters, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy, noted that out of the 55,000jobs, more than 40,000 roles will be based out of the United States, while others will be in other countries including Japan, India, and Germany.
According to a Reuters report, the hiring will be conducted through ‘Amazon Career Day’ job fair taking place on September 16, 2021 at 10:00am IST. It is going to be the first-ever Career Day event in India, bringing together Amazon leaders and employees in a virtual and interactive session. In India, the global online retailer is hiring for over 8000 direct openings across 35 cities.
Hiring in various roles
Jassy asserted that the company currently requires more manpower to keep up with the surging demand in retail, advertising, the cloud and other sectors. He added that “Amazon’s new endeavors to launch a constellation of miniature satellites into space to amplify high-speed broadband access under Project Kuiper would also be needing new talent.“
“There are so many jobs during the pandemic that have been displaced or have been altered, and there are so many people who are thinking about different and new jobs,” said Jassy, citing a US Survey from PwC which confirms that about 65 percent of workers are seeking new job opportunities.
The e-commerce company has also noted that the new hires would result in a 20 percent increase in the tech and corporate staff at Amazon. The company is calling for applications in various positions including engineering, research science, and robotics roles. Notably, these roles have gained a significant boost during the global fight against the COVID-19 outbreak.
“The vast majority of the 55,000 hires will be for new roles the company is adding, rather than filling existing positions,” the company said.
Criticism against Amazon
This development has come amid increasing discontent among Amazon employees over the ill-treatment of warehouse workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Amazon has been facing massive criticism from all segments for its treatment of delivery and warehouse workers in several parts of the world.
Last year, large number of Amazon workers along with human rights organisations and trade unions staged protests and launched online campaigns against the E-commerce giant over its labor practices. Earlier thisyear, efforts to unionize Amazon warehouse workers in Alabama also failed after a majority voted against the proposition.