Amazon embarks on another wave of hiring

NEW YORK – Amazon is embarking on another wave of hiring.

The company said on Wednesday that it plans to hire 55,000 people worldwide, including about 40,000 in the United States.

Amazon said all open positions are for tech jobs and corporate positions. In addition, the company has hired thousands of warehouse workers to pack and ship orders online.

Amazon currently employs more than 1.3 million people worldwide, making it the second-largest private employer in the United States after retail rival Walmart, which is also increasing its hiring. The company said on Wednesday that it plans to hire 20,000 people at its Walmart and Sam’s Club warehouses to fill online orders to drive elevators.

Like Walmart before it, Amazon continues to come under pressure on how it treats its employees. A union campaign at an Amazon warehouse in Alabama failed earlier this year, but other unions and activists still have their sights set on the company. The Teamsters, one of the country’s largest unions, said in June they would step up efforts to organize Amazon workers, saying the company exploited employees by paying them low wages, pushing them to work. at high speed and offered no job security.

Amazon said on Wednesday that the large number of job openings was due to the growth of its business, including its cloud computing unit and its plan to send satellites into space to transmit internet service to Earth.

The Seattle-based company said jobs open in the United States are spread across 220 Amazon sites across the country,

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