Amazon on a Hiring Spree, To Add More Workers at Kent Fulfillment Centers and Jacksonville

May 24, 20178:32 am296 views

Online retail giant, Amazon is on a hiring spree as it intends to hire 1,000 more workers at its Kent fulfillment centre in the next three days. The recruitment drive begun on Monday, May 22. The hiring campaign saw assembly of line of people queuing up at Amazon’s fulfillment centers in Kent and Tacoma, Q13 Fox reports.

The starting hourly wages offered to these workers is $13.75 but the benefits include dental, vision and 401k, which attracts talent to the job. Ashley Robinson, spokesperson for Amazon said, they also give performance-based bonuses and stock awards.

Also after a year of employment, the company will pay for employees 95% of the tuition fee to advance their education. Amazon says applicants will only be hired if they pass the basic requirements such as should possess a high school diploma or GED. They also have to pass a background check and drug test. The hiring process will continue until Wednesday, May 24, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Green River College in Kent.

The company also made on-the-spot job offers this Monday afternoon at Tacoma’s WorkSource Pierce, wherein the hiring session was held at 1305 Tacoma Ave. S., Suite 201.

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Further plans are underway to hire close to 4,000 employees at Jacksonville, throughout four of its facilities which is opening up over the next year or so. This number is much higher than the originally planned 2,500 employees to hire. The company has already confirmed two locations: one near Jacksonville International Airport on Pecan Park Road, and another near Cecil Airport at 103rd Street.

However, the company is awaiting approval on the Bulls Bay and Cabot Commerce locations in the southwest and northeastern parts of Jacksonville. The Pecan Park facility is expected to be finished in the next three months, First Coast News reports. Of the 4,000 positions Amazon is looking to fill, 100 are leadership positions.

On priority, Amazon is planning to hire workers for its fulfillment center near the airport, which is expected to be complete by August 20, 2017. Vacancies will be opening up soon for shipping and packaging operations. An Amazon representative said, the company is looking for people with retail and assistant managerial experience.

While the Pecan Park facility is nearing completion, the Cecil facility has been delayed until next year due to concerns about nearby wetlands.

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