) has said that it will hire more than 70,000 full-time seasonal
employees to staff its order fulfillment centers for the holidays
this year. The company has 88,400 employees, so 70,000 new
employees is obviously a huge jump; it represents a 40% increase
from last year's full-time seasonal employment.
Additionally, Amazon has converted 7,000 temporary employees to
full-time employees this year, and plans to make a good portion of
the incoming 70,000 permanent staff as well. Said Dave Clark,
Amazon's vice president of worldwide operations and customer
service, "We're looking forward to converting thousands more after
this holiday season."
Retailers typically hire seasonal employees as the year comes to a
close in order to handle the heightened sales that comes with the
holiday season. These seasonal employees mostly work in stores or
distribution centers to help fulfill online orders.
Despite Amazon's 70,000 new jobs, overall hiring may be lower this
holiday season. On September 24,
reported that retailers will hire 11% fewer holiday workers this
year, predicting a more difficult sales environment. The
outplacement consulting organization Challenger, Gray &
Christmas Inc. has
the number to be closer to 6.9%, citing shaky consumer confidence.
All this being said, last year's holiday hiring reached a 12-year
high and was up 14% over 2011 numbers.
Additionally, Deloitte has reported that non-store retail sales are
forecast to jump as much as 13% as they continue to surpass overall
retail sales growth, reflecting the growing online and mobile
shopping market. Amazon is obviously a beneficiary of the growth in
online sales, as it is the world's largest online retailer.
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