Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) on Thursday announced that it is hiring more than 120,000 temporary employees across its U.S. network of fulfillment centers, sortation centers and customer service sites.
The number of new hiring is nearly the same as Amazon’s existing employees. Amazon now has 125,000 existing full-time employees. The e-commerce giant said the seasonal employees will work in 75 fulfillment centers across 33 states to help pick, pack and ship customers’ holiday orders.
“We prepare year round for the holidays and we’re excited to hire for over 120,000 positions this season to help delight our customers,” Dave Clark, Amazon Senior Vice President of Global Customer Fulfillment said in a statement. “We look forward to welcoming back holiday employees who return year-after-year to Amazon and welcome new faces to the team, many of whom will continue on with regular, full-time roles with the company after the holidays.”
Amazon shares were up 8.2 percent to $1,003.29 in the early trading in New York. The stock has gained 33.75 percent this year.
The company also expects thousands of holiday positions will be transitioned to regular, full-time roles after the holidays this year.