Amazon Canada to hike pay for frontline workers, hire 15,000 staff

Amazon will also give $100 bonus to all vaccinated workers

Amazon Canada to hike pay for frontline workers, hire 15,000 staff

Amazon Canada will be hiking pay to frontline workers in addition to hiring 15,000 full-time and part-time staff across the country this fall. The e-commerce company said in a media release that its frontline employees will be receiving $17 to $21.65 per hour as well as other health and education benefits. The firm, however, did not define who’s covered under ‘frontline staff.’

Amazon also said they’ll be welcoming 15,000 full- and part-time workers throughout the fall, with the staff receiving an additional $1.60 to $2.20 per hour regardless of when they started in the company. As a bonus, they’ll also be providing vaccinated employees $100 once they show proof.

Read more: Amazon to recruit 40,000 new workers in September

Sumegha Kumar, director of Canadian Customer Fulfillment Operations for Amazon Canada, said they take their responsibility as an employer seriously.

"Amazon Canada employs over 25,000 Canadians, and we’re proud to create 15,000 more great jobs at a time when they’re needed in Canada, with increased pay for our amazing employees across our fulfillment, transportation and logistics networks — from Victoria to Dartmouth," the director said.

The e-commerce company has been coming up with more benefits for their frontline workers as of late. It recently announced that it will be paying for the college fees of 750,000 frontline employees starting January. The company is also providing free upskilling programmes for their staff to give them better career advancement opportunities. It cited its expanded benefits to a study that revealed providing access to skill training can lure in more talents.


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