SEATTLE – Bay Area Engineers. Advertising managers in Chicago. Shipping specialists in Arizona. At Amazon, job listings continue to be reflected, reflecting a company growing in many directions in the midst of one of the tightest labor markets in memory.
On Monday, Amazon said it held 30,000 open positions in the United States, including full-time and part-time jobs, in corporate and technology roles, at locations ranging from headquarters offices to technical hubs to fulfillment centers.
The posts, which Amazon said they hoped to fill early next year, are permanent jobs and do not include hourly, seasonal jobs as warehouse workers. More than half of the jobs are technically oriented, the company said.
The large number of openings is the latest sign of the company's ambitions that clash with the reality of strong labor markets for both white and blue collar workers. Last fall, Amazon raised its minimum wage to $ 15 an hour, and this summer the company said it planned to spend $ 700 million to retrain about one-third of its American workers to perform higher-skilled tasks. The work included a major focus on bulking up the technical chops for their work and technical workforce, such as turning input encoders into computer journals.
In August, national unemployment remained close to a 50-year low of 3.7 percent, even as hiring has slowed in the face of a trade war and a hung global economy.
Amazon had 653,300 employees globally as of the end of June, not including temps and contractors. Just under half of these are in the United States.
The company has another shadow workforce of contractors, ranging from drivers who deliver packages to customer service reps who help sellers in the marketplace.
Amazon has signaled to investors that it is entering a reinvestment cycle, where costs will increase as it seeks to grow in strategic areas. In its latest revenue interview with Wall Street analysts, Amazon cited recent growth in sales and marketing staff for its cloud computing services as well as the logistics and transportation network it builds to bring packages to customers.
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The 30,000 open positions do not usher in a single major new investment, for example for two Years ago when Amazon announced it would be looking for a second headquarters to complete its Seattle home, which has all but become a corporate city. It said the new headquarters would create 50,000 jobs.
Amazon must now reject hiring after the plan to split its second headquarters between two locations – New York City and Arlington, Va., Just outside Washington – stumbled. Amazon pulled out of New York and said it would take the 25,000 jobs that would have gone to the city and spread them among various smaller hubs, including New York.
The company holds hiring fairs in six cities on September 17, including Nashville, where Amazon is building a major outpost for its huge logistics operations network, as well as Arlington, Boston, Chicago, Dallas and Seattle.