Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) announced plans to hire hundreds of part-time employees. The company is looking to hire work-from-home customer service agents as well as thousands of part-time workers for jobs at its fulfillment centers. Recently, the online retailer said that it is hiring 5,000 part-time customer service agents who will be able to work from home. The new remote positions are part of the company’s Virtual Customer Service program, which offers employees the flexibility to work from home as a customer service agent.
Amazon to Create Over 30,000 Part-Time Jobs
Amazon is planning to hire more than 30,000 part-time customer service agents over the next year.
“There are lots of people who want or need a flexible job—whether they’re a military spouse, a college student, or a parent—and we’re happy to empower these talented people no matter where they happen to live,” said Tom Weiland, Amazon Vice President for Worldwide Customer Service.
Weiland believes that part-time virtual customer service jobs are ideal for military veterans, military spouses and people with mobility challenges.
Currently, Amazon employs more than 10,000 military veterans. The e-commerce giant intends to hire an additional 25,000 veterans and military spouses during the next five years.
Besides virtual customer service positions, the online retailer plans to create more than 25,000 part-time roles over the next year across its network of sortation and fulfillment centers. According to the e-commerce giant, part time jobs at its fulfillment centers are appealing to students and stay-at-home parents. The company has nearly 40,000 part-time employees across the U.S.
In addition to part-time jobs, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) plans to more than 100,000 full-time jobs in the United States over the next 18 months.
What Benefits Amazon Offers to Part-Time Workers
In addition to salaries, part-time employees in Amazon’s Virtual Customer Service and Customer Fulfillment also receive benefits, including life and disability insurance, dental and vision insurance. However, these benefits are available to employees who work more than 20 hours per week.
Also, the company’s part-time employees can participate in Career Choice program, which pre-pays 95% of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a future career at Amazon. More than 9,000 employees have participated in Career Choice, according to the online retailer.
In other news, Amazon last month announced plans to open three new fulfillment centers in New Jersey. It plans to create more than 2,500 new, full-time jobs at three additional fulfillment centers in Cranbury Township, Edison, and Logan Township. Furthermore, the online retailer could soon start a full-fledged cargo firm as it plans more than 200 daily flight from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. The company is reportedly constructing cargo hub at the airport with an investment of around $1.5 billion.
Meanwhile, shares of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) closed up 1.45% on Friday. The company’s stock is trading up over 28% so far this year.