Amazon will hire more than 30,000 part-time workers over the next year.
Part-time employees at Amazon who work at least 20 hours per week receive benefits, including a program that pays most of the tuition for courses in “high-demand fields.”
Amazon already has almost 40,000 part-time employees across the United States.
In January, Amazon announced plans to add more than 100,000 full-time jobs in the next year and a half, bringing its total U.S. work force to 280,000. Most of the new full-time jobs will be in warehouses and answering phones.
The warehouse, to open later this year near Sacramento International Airport, plans to hire 1,500 full-time workers, said Amazon spokeswoman Ashley Robinson. Those figures don’t include employees likely to be hired for part-time or temporary work during seasonal rush periods.
That represents a 50 percent increase over Amazon’s original plan, announced last July, to hire 1,000 full-time workers.
“That number may increase,” Robinson said. “We’re looking at creating at least, conservatively, 1,500 hourly positions.” Amazon is pouring millions into major customer-fulfillment centers around the country, like the one in Sacramento, in an effort to speed delivery times and generate more business.
With construction well underway, Robinson said the 855,000-square-foot building will open in advance of the December holiday rush.
The building will open on a 68-acre parcel at Metro Air Park, a long-awaited commercial center near the airport. It will immediately make Amazon one of the region’s major employers.