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NEW YORK — Amazon is boosting the number of extra helpers it relies on to put gifts under the Christmas tree.

The company said Thursday it will hire 80,000 seasonal employees this year, up from 70,000 last year. Two years ago, it hired only 50,000.

The extra hands will work in the Amazon network of fulfillment and sorting centers, where employees locate, pack and ship millions of orders.

[Editor’s Note: Amazon fulfillment and sorting centers in Chesterfield  and Petersburg, Va.]

Experts are predicting a significant uptick in online shopping this season. The National Retail Federation’s holiday forecast calls for online sales in November and December to be between 8 percent and 11 percent more than last year.

Last year, Amazon guaranteed delivery by Christmas on some orders placed as late as Dec. 23 — the day before Christmas Eve.

But some weren’t delivered. UPS and Amazon apologized for the snafu.

Since then, Amazon has expanded its network of fulfillment and sorting centers. The expansion, plus a contract with the Postal Service for Sunday deliveries, will allow “later cut-off ordering times for customers,” Amazon said.

The seasonal jobs so far posted to its recruitment site show wages ranging from $10 to $11.50. The company has said the average wage for regular, full-time fulfillment center workers is about $12.

Last year, it hired about 10,000 of the seasonal employees to full-time positions, and says it hopes to hire back “thousands” this year.

9 comments

  • Epiglotus MccFadden

    This is awesome! $10 an hour for part time work doing back breaking labor. After taxes, you can buy…nothing.

    • Mo Fiscal conservatism

      “Back breaking labor”??
      “After taxes you can buy nothing”??
      Are you stupid or something? It’s people like you that are the reason so many homeless people don’t even try to find a job. Just make up a bunch of excuses about how the man is holding you down.
      Here’s a little education. Part-time workers pay less taxes than full-time, by quite a bit. Some taxes the full timers pay, the P.T’s don’t even pay at ALL. You will be making an income and actually have a job.
      And packing boxes at Amazon is NOT “Back Breaking Work”. Have you ever had a job before?

  • Steel Mill

    Minimum wage…OK for High School and College persons. Bet there will be a lot of folks applying that have no real job.

  • BO

    10$ an hour is base pay for the next 10 years thanks to nobama.Only the best at college will now get the good jobs.This really makes me smile considering how hard lazy teachers fought for the right to be babysitters as NCLB has made them.

    • Pam

      WELL WHEN BUSH WAS IN OFFICE YOU COULD NOT GET A JOB AT ALL. THESE PEOPLE DONT HAVE TO PACK BOXES, NO ONE PUT A GUN TO YOUR HEAD AND TOLD YOU TO DO THIS. THAT’S ON YOU DUMB A$$!!!!

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