Extraordinary times call for extraordinary creativity.
For some in our industry, site work has come to a halt as public buildings, churches, and offices are closed. Many will hunker down and weather this and absorb the delays, but for some, especially those who are paid by the hour on site, there could be one possible option to cover a gap.
Amazon is looking to hire 100,000 new warehouse and delivery workers to meet increased demands for shipments as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the company announced on Monday. It will also increase the hourly pay of workers employed in these positions by an additional $2 in the United States through April.
“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.”
Americans are turning to Amazon to purchase groceries and household supplies. On Friday, Amazon told customers that they could experience delays in Prime shipments and that the company was running out of stock on some highly sought-after household staples.
“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 are seeing a significant increase in demand, which means our labor needs are unprecedented for this time of year,” Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of worldwide operations, said in a blog post on Monday.
Amazon is looking to bring temporarily displaced workers into their warehouses, Clark said in his statement. “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.”