Rising demand following coronavirus outbreak means Amazon will hire 100,000 more staff

Charlie Spargo's picture
by Charlie Spargo

In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, which is seeing high streets emptying and home isolation becoming widespread, Amazon will hire 100,000 extra workers to cope with demand for home delivery.

The retail giant will also boost pay for employees across America, the UK and Europe, as pressure becomes higher - and jobseekers come from struggling industries like travel and hospitality.

Amazon workers' pay will rise by £2 an hour in the UK, $2 an hour in the US, and €2 an hour in Europe. This will cost the platform an estimated £286 million.

Even as Amazon is struggling with the increased weight of orders, it expects to pull through this crisis and wants to reach out to those industries less fortunate. As yet, the company has only allocated the new hires to US-based warehouses and delivery network, with no news on increased roles in the UK.

Amazon said, in a statement: “Getting a priority item to your doorstep is vital as communities practice social distancing, particularly for the elderly and others with underlying health issues.  

“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.”