Nov 27, 2020 - Economy

Amazon hires 1,400 workers a day throughout pandemic

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Amazon has hired an average of 1,400 new employees per day since the beginning of the year, the New York Times reports.

By the numbers: The tech giant added 427,300 employees between January and October, bringing its total workforce to 1.2 million globally, up more than 50% year-over-year.

  • Since July, Amazon has hired nearly 2,800 employees a day, per the NYT.
  • These numbers do not include the temporary 100,000 holiday workers nor the 500,000 contract delivery drivers.

The big picture: Amazon has benefitted from the pandemic as consumers shift their spending online.

  • The company's revenue grew 37% from last year's. Despite an estimated $2.5 billion in COVID-related costs, its profits reaching $6.3 billion.
    • Amazon said the costs cover onboarding new hires, social distancing, extended breaks, cleaning, supplies and testing.
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