Amazon announced that it plans to add 100,000 new full time jobs around the U.S. over the next year and a half.
The online retailer said the positions would include all types of jobs, including software developers, engineers and customer service reps, as well as warehouse workers, because of its growing distribution network. The positions would be full-time and come with standard benefits and health care, as opposed to the temporary jobs Amazon is known for in the run-up to the holidays.
Even though the company didn’t give an estimated breakdown of those 100,000 jobs, it’s likely most of them would be in the fulfillment centers where workers busily pick, pack and ship orders out to Amazon customers. Glassdoor, a site that tracks salaries based on worker input, pegs the average pay for a fulfillment associate at $12.33 per hour.
Amazon used to have its fulfillment centers clustered in certain states for tax advantages, but it’s expanded rapidly to new areas in the past several years in order to speed up delivery and dominate the market.
They opened seven new fulfillment centers in Texas alone since 2013.
But when Amazon adds new full time jobs, it shouldn’t necessarily be seen as a clear net gain for the job market in general. After all, the company and other online-only retailers have helped bury plenty of brick-and-mortar chains and mom-and-pop stores along the way, and they will continue to do so. Many Amazon positions are essentially replacing retail full time jobs that are having a harder time surviving as buyers bargain hunt online.
Their annual revenue recently topped $100 billion per year.
The company prevailed online sales during the holidays, accounting for more than a third of web sales in November and December. CNBC connect a lot of those sales to Amazon’s offer of one- and two-hour delivery in certain markets, allowing last-minutes shoppers to still buy presents in time for the holiday.