Online retailer Amazon will hire more than 70,000 full-time jobs for the holiday season to meet an increase in customer demand, the company has said in a press release, marking a 40 percent hike in hiring from the year before.
Thousands will be hired on a permanent basis after the holiday season, Amazon said, adding that these seasonal employees will also be eligible for health care benefits.
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"So far this year, we have converted more than 7,000 temporary employees in the U.S. into full-time, regular roles and we're looking forward to converting thousands more after this holiday season," Dave Clark, Amazon's Vice-President of worldwide operations and customer service, said in the press release.
The announcement comes a week after the firm said it would look to employ 15,000 people in the U.K. over the same period. The internet firm has come under fire in the country for the amount of tax that it pays to the government and was grilled by lawmakers back in May.