Amazon will increase pay for half a million employees in its warehouses, delivery network, and other fulfillment teams to between 50 cents and $ 3 an hour, the company said on Wednesday.
The move follows a legislative review of Amazon and an unsuccessful union push that ended at its large Alabama warehouse this month. In 2018, Amazon increased its minimum wage to $ 15 an hour. In recent months, she has publicly advocated raising the federal minimum to $ 15 as well.
Amazon was on a hiring frenzy during the pandemic. As more and more customers ordered items online, the company employed 400,000 people in the United States last year. The total workforce is almost 1.3 million people.
Amazon typically re-evaluates wages every fall before the holiday shopping season. But this year it postponed those changes earlier, said Darcie Henry, an Amazon vice president for people experience and technology. The new wages will be introduced from mid-May to early June. Ms. Henry said the company is hiring “tens of thousands” of vacancies.
Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, recently told shareholders in his annual letter that the company needed “a better vision for creating value for employees – a vision for their success.” He said Amazon has always strived to be the “most customer-centric company in the world” and that he now wants it to be “the best employer on earth and the safest place to work on earth”.
Amazon is expected to publish quarterly results on Thursday.