Amazon on March 16 had announced that the company would make 100,000 full and part-time hires across their Operations network to keep as many people as possible working during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

In an update on April 13, Amazon said that the original 100,000 jobs have been filled up, and the e-commerce giant is now hiring an additional 75,000 employees for jobs ranging from warehouse staff to delivery drivers to help meet demand and to assist existing workers with fulfilling orders.

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“Today, we are proud to announce that our original 100,000 jobs pledge is filled and those new employees are working at sites across the US helping to serve customers,” Amazon said in a corporate blog post on Monday.

“We 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 and we welcome anyone out of work to join us at Amazon until things return to normal and their past employer is able to bring them back.”

Amazon said that it will continue to invest in pay increases and expects to spend $500 million (instead of the $350 million as originally stated) on pay increases for the employees that are playing an invaluable role in getting items to communities around the world. 

The company has also increased its hourly wages by $2/hour in the U.S., C$2/hour in Canada, and €2/hour in many EU countries through April. They have doubled the regular hourly base pay for every overtime hour worked and are offering extra time off with full pay for those diagnosed with COVID-19.

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Last month, the e-commerce giant faced criticism for failing to protect its hundreds of thousands of employees and delivery workers during the coronavirus outbreak after several cases were reported in its facilities in the U.S., as well as Italy and Spain. 

The company stated that it’s made more than 150 significant process changes to protect employees, including enhanced cleaning” and social distancing measures.

It has also begun distributing personal protective gear, such as masks for our employees, and implementing temperature checks across their operations worldwide. Additionally, it is also building its own COVID-19 testing labs for workers.