Amazon boosts workers’ average starting pay to $18 an hour

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Amazon’s average US starting wage has risen to more than $18 an hour, the corporate mentioned Tuesday. The e-commerce big can be aiming to rent an further 125,000 warehouse and transportation staff, having beforehand mentioned it’s going to add 55,000 individuals for tech jobs.

The average Amazon starting pay was around $17 in May, and the rise is a response to rising competitors, in accordance to Reuters. However, it’s going to apparently preserve its $15 an hour base pay.

Last week, Amazon mentioned it is increasing the schooling advantages it provides to US workers. Starting in January, greater than 75,000 operations workers might be eligible to have their full school tuition paid for

The wage will increase and perks come as corporations compete for staff amid a labor shortage within the US, however Amazon has confronted criticism for its remedy of warehouse and supply staff, together with not paying staff for time spent in line or being screened. Amazon workers have protested over circumstances amid the pandemic, with some saying adequate security measures weren’t in place.