Amazon.com Inc., the online retailer that has many bricks-and-mortar companies on the defensive, said it will hire more than 50,000 seasonal employees nationwide for the holiday shopping season.
That's more than double the 20,000 full-time workers that Amazon usually has staffing its 40 fulfillment centers around the U.S.
But with a surge of Christmas orders expected in the next few months, the hiring push is necessary, said Dave Clark, vice president of global customer fulfillment for Amazon.
Many of the seasonal employees might end up joining the permanent Amazon workforce, whose members are paid 30% more than conventional retail workers, the company said. It would not say how many would join the full-time staff.
"Temporary associates play a critical role in meeting increased customer demand during the holiday season, and we expect thousands of temporary associates will stay on in full-time positions," Clark said.