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Amazon to create more than 70,000 seasonal jobs in US

The global e-commerce giant will absorb several seasonal employees to permanent roles.

Amazon.com is planning to create more than 70,000 full-time seasonal jobs across its US fulfilment centres for the upcoming holiday season in an effort to meet rising customer demand.

The online retailer currently has more than 20,000 full-time employees at its warehouses in the US. The latest hiring of seasonal employees is 40 per cent more compared to last year.

Dave Clark, vice president of worldwide operations and customer service at Amazon, said: “So far this year, we have converted more than 7,000 temporary employees in the US into full-time, regular roles and we’re looking forward to converting thousands more after this holiday season.”

Last year, the Seattle-based company converted several seasonal employees into permanent roles after the holiday season, and expects to repeat the same this year.

Amazon said that on average, seasonal employees earn 94 per cent of its fulfilment centre employee starting wages and are eligible for healthcare benefits. The company currently offers healthcare, 401(k) and company stock awards to its regular, full-time fulfilment centre employees.

“Each year, seasonal jobs lead to thousands of long-term, full-time roles in our sites-jobs that offer great pay, benefits starting on day one and the chance for employees to further their education through our Career Choice program,” Clark added.

Amazon, which competes with eBay and Wal-Mart stores, has added more than 40,000 jobs across the US since the start of the economic recession in September 2008.

Last month, the retailer said it will hire more than 1,500 seasonal positions across its eight UK fulfilment centres and Edinburgh customer service centre to meet customer demand for the upcoming Christmas and holiday season.