Amazon.com Inc. is hiring 100,000 full and part-time employees across the U.S. and Canada, offering starting wages of at least US$15 an hour

Amazon also plans to open 100 new operations buildings in September across fulfillment centers, delivery stations, sorting centers and other sites, the company said the statement.

Amazon has been adding jobs globally as its business and market valuation have soared, increasing numbers of full and part time employees by about 10 per cent to 876,800 in the first six months of 2020, according to its July financial report. Earlier this month, the company announced plans to add 7,000 permanent workers in the U.K. and has made similar announcements in Ireland and South Africa.

Its shares have surged almost 70% this year, lifting its market value to US$1.56 trillion, as the company’s online shopping services became vital to many households under lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Still, the company has attracted criticism for how it’s treated workers. The company posted and then abruptly deleted a position for an analyst to research “labor organizing threats against the company” calling it “inaccurate.” However, labor activists said the listing suggests Amazon is trying to prevent workers from collective bargaining, which drew attention earlier in the year after some employees protested conditions in warehouses that they said put them at risk of catching the coronavirus.

Amazon said in July it had spent US$4 billion in the second quarter on COVID-19-related initiatives to keep employees safe and provide them with additional compensation.

Source: BNN