It was reported that Amazon announced on Wednesday that it would increase the salary of more than 500,000 employees. Amazon’s global human resources vice president Darcie Henry (Darcie Henry) said in a blog post on the company’s website that the company will increase the hourly wages of more than 500,000 U.S. business employees by 50 cents to $3. He said that Amazon will spend more than $1 billion to increase wages for these workers.
Henry said that the salary increase will be implemented from mid-May to early June this year. Amazon said that from autumn to this spring, the company will increase its annual salary assessment for customer execution, express delivery, parcel sorting, and professional execution positions.
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He also said that the salary increase is to incentivize the recruitment of thousands of operations positions across the United States. The new crown pneumonia pandemic has promoted the company’s large-scale recruitment to match the surge in online orders. For this reason, the company will add hundreds of thousands of employees in 2020.
With the reopening of the economy, some companies said it was difficult to find workers, and pointed out that expanding unemployment benefits may be a reason for the shortage of workers. Critics believe that employers should consider raising wages to attract workers.
In 2018, under pressure from politicians and workers’ rights organizations, Amazon raised the minimum wage for all American employees to $15 an hour. The company supports the Raise The Wage Act proposed by US President Biden and senior Democratic leaders, which will raise the national minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $15 per hour by 2025. Earlier this month, Amazon held an important election event in a warehouse in Alabama, and the company also touted its starting salary of $15 an hour.
The e-commerce giant is the second-largest private employer in the United States, second only to retail competitor Wal-Mart, which has more than 800,000 employees in the United States.