Amazon is hiring around the world.

By Stacey Leasca
Updated August 03, 2020
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The spread of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has brought much of the world to a standstill. Millions of people were asked to stay home and wait out the spread of the virus and use social distancing tactics like working from home instead. And though we know this a great idea for our health, it’s come with a few unintended consequences. Namely, job loss.

In the wake of the coronavirus, thousands of people have found themselves out of work. Restaurant and hospitality workers, small business owners, shopkeepers, and many more have lost their incomes and full-time jobs as city after city closes down. However, there is still one company hiring up a storm: Amazon.

On Monday, the web giant announced it’s currently hiring for 100,000 new roles to help fill their needs during the pandemic.

“As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Amazon and our network of partners are helping communities around the world in a way that very few can—delivering critical supplies directly to the doorsteps of people who need them. Getting a priority item to your doorstep is vital as communities practice social-distancing, particularly for the elderly and others with underlying health issues,” the company says in a post. “We are seeing a significant increase in demand, which means our labor needs are unprecedented for this time of year.”

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To assist with the demand, the company says it’s opening 100,000 new full and part-time positions across the U.S. for its fulfillment centers and delivery network to “meet the surge in demand from people relying on Amazon’s service during this stressful time, particularly those most vulnerable to being out in public.”

The company is even willing to take people on who they know will only be with them for a short time.

“We also know many people have been economically impacted as jobs in areas like hospitality, restaurants, and travel are lost or furloughed as part of this crisis. We want those people to know we welcome them on our teams until things return to normal and their past employer is able to bring them back,” Amazon says.

In addition to new jobs, Amazon also says, it will pay an additional $2 per hour worked through April from its current rate of $15/hour or more, depending on the region. It will add C$2 in Canada, £2 per hour in the UK, and approximately €2 per hour in many EU countries as well.

“This commitment to increased pay through the end of April represents an investment of over $350 million in increased compensation for hourly employees across the U.S., Europe, and Canada,” Amazon writes.