Amazon will offer permanent jobs to 125,000 temporary workers it brought during COVID.
In March, Amazon announced the hiring of 175,000 roles operating networks to help provide for our communities and keep as many people as possible working during the COVID-19 pandemic, now, as the long-term picture becomes more clear, the Jeff Bezos behemoth is providing the opportunity for 125,000 of those who came on with us seasonally to stay with Amazon and transition into a regular, full-time role beginning in June.
The announcement, made through a press release, comes after the company being subject of criticism for its handling of the COVID-19 crisis, including letters from senators and attorneys general aimed at getting a better picture of its worker health policies, along with numbers of employees who have been infected or died from the novel coronavirus. Amazon has denied any wrongdoing in all of this and insisted that COVID-19 rates among staff are lower than the general population.
This move of offering permanent jobs to temporary workers comes amid the worst U.S. unemployment rate since the Great Depression, where up to 41 million American have applied for unemployment since the beginning of the pandemic.