Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) plans to hire more than 50,000 seasonal workers this holiday season at U.S. fulfillment centers in an effort to outpace rivals and meet higher traffic during the key shopping period.
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The online retail giant said it expects to keep thousands on board in full-time positions.
“Temporary associates play a critical role in meeting increased customer demand during the holiday season,” Amazon’s vice president of global customer fulfillment, Dave Clark, said in a statement.
Seattle-based Amazon employs more than 20,000 people across its 40 domestic fulfillment centers and pays full-time, permanent employees 30% more than workers in traditional brick-and-mortar retailers, it said in a statement released Tuesday.
Amazon said full-timers also receive comprehensive benefits and stock grants, which over the past five years has added an average of 9% to base pay annually.
Retailers tend to hire temp workers during the holidays to meet the two-month burst in traffic. A report released by Snagajob last month showed that hiring during the 2012 season is expected to reach the highest level in at least five years.
Macy’s (NYSE:M), Toys “R” Us, Kohl’s (NYSE:KSS), Target (NYSE:TGT) and Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) have already announced plans to hire hundreds of thousands of workers combined.