Amazon hiring another 50K fulfillment employees, holds new ‘Jobs Day’ events at warehouses

Cyber Monday 2016 at Amazon Fulfillment Center in Dupont, Wash. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)

Amazon needs more workers.

The Seattle tech giant announced today that it plans to hire another 50,000 employees who help prepare packages for shipment across its U.S. fulfillment network. About 80 percent of those openings are for full-time roles, with another 10,000 part-time jobs at the company’s sortation centers.

Amazon will host its first-ever “Amazon Jobs Day” on Aug. 2 at 10 of its fulfillment centers where interested folks can learn more about the job opportunities. The company will make thousands of job offers that day to people who apply on-site. Amazon is calling Jobs Day its “biggest hiring event of the year.”

Amazon says the full-time jobs will offer “highly-competitive pay, health insurance, disability insurance, retirement savings plans and company stock.”

The company said in January that it planned to add another 100,000 full-time jobs in the U.S. by mid-2018. The growth would push Amazon’s U.S. workforce to more than 280,000 people.

Amazon surpassed 350,000 employees globally in April, up 43 percent from last year, as the company continues to hire in droves, especially compared to its tech rivals. It added more than 110,000 total employees during 2016 alone.

In April, Amazon CFO Brian Olsavsky noted that the increasing headcount is related to the company’s higher fulfillment activity, its growing transportation logistics network, and more horsepower for units like Echo, Alexa, and Amazon Web Services.

Amazon also created more than 120,000 seasonal positions across its U.S. fulfillment, sortation and customer service centers for the holiday season last year, up from 100,000 seasonal positions in 2015. Seasonal hiring isn’t included in Amazon’s official employee count.

An analysis of Amazon’s 2016 employment growth by GeekWire found significant growth not just at its headquarters in Seattle, but also in many Midwest and Southern states, as the tech giant fills in its distribution footprint in the country.

Amazon is a big reason for why Seattle is the fastest-growing U.S. city for software developer jobs, according to a new report from job database Glassdoor. The study also revealed that U.S. retail saw more gains in software jobs in the past five years than any other industry, perhaps another result of Amazon’s growth.

Below are the cities where Amazon is hosting a “Jobs Day” on Aug. 2; Amazon is also hosting similar events off-site in Buffalo and Oklahoma City.

  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Etna, Ohio
  • Fall River, Massachusetts
  • Hebron, Kentucky
  • Kenosha, Wisconsin
  • Kent, Washington
  • Robbinsville, New Jersey
  • Romeoville, Illinois
  • Whitestown, Indiana