A new Amazon warehouse in the United States is giving R45,000 signing incentives in order to attract 500 staff

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Amazon’s warehouse in Delaware, USA, is giving substantial signing bonuses in an effort to attract hundreds of new employees. Delaware Online stated that the Wilmington facility will award new employees $3,000 bonuses. R45,000 equivalent rand

Job postings indicate an hourly wage of $19.75 (almost R300) for a team member at the warehouse. On a 40-hour work week, the bonus is comparable to approximately one month’s pay.

Employees who start before October 10 are eligible for the signing bonus, according to the job description. Workers must still be employed at the warehouse when they get the bonus. The incentive is also limited to certain positions and shifts. The money will be handed out in installments over the next few months. In addition to the $3,000 signing incentive, new hires can receive a $100 (R1,500) bonus on their first day if they can present confirmation that they have been immunized against Covid-19. The warehouse is looking for overnight, early morning, day, evening, and weekend shifts, according to the job description posted on Indeed.com’s website.

 The company has already hired about 500 people to work at the warehouse and wants to hire another 500 by the end of the year. A late summer or early fall opening is planned. An old General Motors plant was converted into a warehouse where employees will work with robots to pack small things for shipping, according to Delaware Online.

It is part of a broader package of employment incentives that Amazon is offering in North America to increase its personnel. Company announced recruiting more than 75,000 people for its fulfilment and logistics network in the United States and Canada, back in May of 2017. Back then, Amazon promised signing bonuses of up to $1,000 (R15,000).