Amazon CEO Andy Jassy (Andy Jassy) told Reuters that Amazon plans to recruit 55,000 corporate and technical personnel worldwide in the next few months.

As of June 30, this is equivalent to more than one-third of the number of Google employees, close to all employees of Facebook.

Jassy said in his first press interview after he was promoted to the top job at Amazon in July that the company needs more firepower to keep up with the needs of businesses such as retail, cloud, and advertising. He said that the company’s new bet to put satellites into orbit to expand broadband access, called the “Kuiper Project,” also requires large number of new employees.

Amazon’s annual job fair is scheduled to start on September 15, and Jassy hopes that now is good time to hire. Jassi said: “Too many jobs are replaced or changed during the pandemic, and too many people are considering different new jobs,” Jassi said, citing a US survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers, 65% of the The workers want a new show.

“This is part of the reason why we think’Career Day’ is so timely and so useful,” he said. The company said that the new employees will increase Amazon’s technical and corporate employees by 20%. There are currently approximately 275,000 employees worldwide.

This move by Amazon is just the latest round of hiring boom it has started, after its labor practices were subject to strict scrutiny and opposition from the International Brotherhood of Truck Drivers. Earlier this year, some employee organizations in Alabama demonstrated the failure of Amazon’s heavy warehouse work and its aggressive stance towards unions. In the aftermath of that battle, Jeff Bezos, Jesse’s successor, said that Amazon needs to provide employees with better vision.

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When asked how to change Amazon’s demanding workplace culture, Jassy said that his high attention to customers and creativity laid the foundation for improvement.

“Everyone in the company has freedom-in fact, expectation-to critically look at how to get better, and then invent ways to make it better.”

It said that Amazon’s marketing jobs include engineering, research science, and robotics positions, which are basically new positions for the company, not positions that others have given up.

In the reopening of the US economy and the tightening labor market, some companies have been struggling to fill job vacancies and balance remote and face-to-face work. It is not clear how many Amazon jobs – such as competitive engineering recruitment – have been open for some time.

Amazon touted an “office-centric culture” earlier, but later withdrew its vision, and starting next year, it will provide employees with the opportunity to stay in the office only three days week.

As the second largest private employer in the United States, Amazon brought more than 500,000 employees in 2020, mainly engaged in warehouse and delivery businesses. The turnover in this area is significant.

The company is investing heavily in building more warehouses and increasing wages to attract workers to meet the strong demand from shoppers who want to deliver products to their doors. Jassy said that Amazon is “very competitive in terms of compensation.” He said: “We are leading the way in the minimum of 15 US dollars (approximately 1, rupees),” and for some states, “actually, the starting salary is 17 US dollars per hour (approximately 1,240 rupees).”

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Of the more than 55,000 jobs announced by Jassy, ​​more than 40,000 will be in the United States, while others will be in countries such as India, Germany, and Japan.

Amazon had previously promised to conduct large-scale technology recruitment in 2017, when it was looking for location for its second headquarters. Officials in cities and states in North America are praising the company’s jobs and taxes.

Arlington, Virginia is the winner of the “HQ2” contest. Amazon has committed to providing 25,000 positions over the past ten years, but currently only offers about 2,800 vacancies. Amazon has another 2,000 in Bellevue near its hometown of Seattle.

The career fair will be global. Jassy said this was after Amazon saw 22,000 people from India and other regions outside the US watch it last year.

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