Amazon predicts 20% increase in global business and tech roles by adding 55,000 jobs in latest hiring wave

The spheres are reflected in one of Amazon’s office towers at the company’s Seattle headquarters. (Photo GeekWire / Kurt Schlosser)

Amazon is looking to fill 40,000 business and tech jobs at more than 220 locations in the United States, the company announced On Wednesday, as CEO Andy Jassy said, the tech giant “continues to grow rapidly and relentlessly inventing in many areas.”

The desire to hire a total of 55,000 additional employees in business and technology globally represents a 20% increase in this segment, which currently has around 275,000 employees worldwide.

Amazon previously revealed that total employment hit a new high of 1.335 million full-time and part-time employees globally at the end of June, up 64,000 from the end of March. The company said Wednesday that it also wants to fill tens of thousands of hourly positions in its operating network.

Amazon shares the numbers as it promotes its next Employment day, which will be held virtually on September 15 and serves as a recruiting and training event for current and potential employees.

Jassy, ​​who took over as CEO from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos on July 5, told Reuters that the company needed more firepower to meet demand in retail, cloud computing, and advertising, among others. He also told the news agency that the Project Kuiper broadband satellite effort will also require many new hires.

Amazon CEO Andy Jassy in 2018 (Amazon Photo)

“There are so many jobs during the pandemic that have been moved or changed, and there are so many people thinking of different and new jobs,” Jassy said.

Amazon said it has hired more than 450,000 people in the United States since the start of the pandemic. Its Career Day in 2020 attracted the most applications in a week in the history of the company.

The event will feature over 20,000 personalized career coaching sessions with a team of 1,200 Amazon recruiters. Coding workshops led by Amazon software development engineers and a breakout session “How to Interview at Amazon” led by two senior recruiters are among the highlights of Career Day.

Amazon announced in April that it planned to invest more than $ 1 billion in pay increases for its operating employees, promising increases of 50 cents to $ 3 an hour to more than 500,000 employees.

In his last letter to shareholders in April, Bezos wrote: “Despite what we have accomplished, it is clear to me that we need a better view of the success of our employees. He vowed that Amazon would be “the best employer on Earth and the safest workplace on Earth” in addition to its long-standing claim as “the most customer-centric company in the world” .

It remains to be seen where all of the new hires in the business and tech actually work. Earlier this year, Amazon touted its desire to “return to a desktop-centric culture,” but changed that timeline in the months that followed, as competitors came up with more hybrid work models and COVID- 19 surged into the country. Amazon has now set January 3 as a possible return date.

Margie D. Carlisle