Amazon will hire 6,900 New Jerseyans as part of a 100,000-person nationwide hiring spree, the company announced Monday.
Most of the new jobs are in fulfillment, sortation, and delivery, according to Amazon spokesperson Rachael Lighty. Operations management, human resources, safety and security jobs are also available. These jobs are in addition to the 34,000 already employed by the company across the state.
“A lot of times as you’re getting closer to the holiday season people are used to Amazon talking about seasonal hires. These are permanent full-time and part-time positions, and we hope they stay and grow with Amazon,” Lighty said.
In addition to paying $15 or more an hour, Amazon is offering a $250 or $500 sign-on bonus depending on the hiring location. Full-time employees get access to a benefits package day one of employment, including health, vision, and dental insurance, and a 401K plan.
There’s also an “incredible opportunity to learn and to grow inside of the company,” she said.
“We have plenty of examples of people who maybe have started as an hourly entry-level employee and who have been promoted up through to senior leadership levels, not just at the fulfillment center but like the vice president of the human resources team [Josh Teeter] who started as an hourly employee and worked their way up,” Lighty said. “We very much invest in the long-term career success of our employees.”
Each fulfillment center employs 1,000 to 2,000 people along with “a few hundred” robots.
“Even our chief roboticist will say the technology is super cool, but it’s the people who will really bring Amazon to life,” Lighty said. “The robotics and the technology make the job safe for employees [and] that allows them to focus on other more sophisticated tasks.”
In response to the onslaught of online ordering that skyrocketed with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Amazon hired 175,000 workers nationwide in April and May, then considered seasonal. Recently, 125,000 of those jobs have been converted to permanent positions.
New Jerseyans make up 50,000 of the independent sellers that make money through Amazon sales, and the company was “really proud to help them keep their doors open during this pandemic,” Lighty explained.
For every item sold, the company takes an 8 percent to 15 percent cut.
Editor’s note: This article was updated on Sept. 14, 2020, at 7:23 p.m. with specifics to the hirings from Amazon spokesperson Rachael Lighty.