Amazon to hire another 125,000 workers, offering bonuses up to $3,000 to hire another 125,000 workers, offering bonuses up to ,000

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – Amazon, which already lists numerous open positions across the Triangle and North Carolina, says it is planning to hire another 125,000 people.

The news announced early Tuesday comes a day ahead of a massive “Career Day” that the tech giant has planned for Wednesday.

This is the second major boost in hiring by Amazon in recent months, coming after plans to hire 40,000 people for corporate and technology positions.

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The additional jobs announced Tuesday are for a variety of product distribution positions paying at least $18 an hour plus benefits.

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Some locations also are offering $3,000 in signing-on bonuses. Amazon, however, did not specify where the bonuses are available.

Amazon already has opened several new distribution centers across North Carolina as the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a surge in ecommerce shopping and delivery. Amazon noted that it plans to open more than 100 buildings this month in addition to some 250 coming online this year.

“We are proud to offer opportunities for people from a range of backgrounds, from furloughed workers to former military personnel,” said Dave Clark, CEO of Worldwide Consumer at Amazon, in a statement. “We take our responsibility as an employer seriously and want our employees to succeed and thrive. That’s why we offer an average starting wage of over $18 per hour, provide a great range of comprehensive benefits—including healthcare coverage, parental leave, career training, and ways to save for the future—and have a team of thousands working to build a safe and inclusive work environment. Whether you’re looking for a short-term job to make money for the holidays or a long-term career, you’re welcome here, and we look forward to having you on our team.”

States where Amazon is expanding outside North Carolina include:

• Arizona

• California

• Colorado

• Florida

• Georgia

• Illinois

• Indiana

• Kentucky

• Maryland

• Michigan

• New Jersey

• New York

• Ohio

• Pennsylvania

• Tennessee

• Texas

• Washington

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