Amazon Offering 3,000 Full-Time Jobs in Illinois to Seasonal Workers
To help provide for communities in Illinois relying on Amazon's service during the coronavirus pandemic, Amazon hired more than 6,500 new employees in Illinois. Beginning in March, the company hired more than 175,000 temporary full and part-time employees nationwide.
Like other companies, Amazon brought those individuals on in seasonal roles to meet a surge in demand, and many had the hope of returning back to their previous companies once states began to re-open. As the long-term picture becomes clearer, Amazon has announced that it will be providing the opportunity for 125,000 of those who joined in a seasonal role to stay with the company and transition into a permanent, full-time role beginning in June.
For those who wish to stay and grow with Amazon, more than 3,000 of the seasonal-to-permanent, fulltime roles will be offered in Illinois. These roles are specifically for customer fulfillment and last-mile delivery.
The U.S. has had record unemployment numbers over the past several weeks. Amazon hopes that the option for many people to stay employed long-term at Amazon will help alleviate some of the ongoing burden of unemployment in communities in Illinois and across the U.S. Amazon is proud of the critical role its teams are serving by allowing more people to stay safe at home while receiving the products they need.
Permanent roles at Amazon come with an industry-leading minimum wage of at least $15 an hour (and up), comprehensive benefits package starting on day one which includes full medical, vision, and dental insurance, as well as a 401(k) with 50 percent match. Additionally, all associates have access to innovative training and continuing education programs. Amazon also offers up to 20 weeks of maternal and parental paid leave and innovative benefits such as Leave Share and Ramp Back, which give new parents flexibility with their growing families.
New employees will continue to fill a range of roles, including picking, packing, and shipping customer orders and delivering packages from delivery stations, and will join the more than 18,000 fulltime employees already working in Amazon facilities across the state in 2020.