Amazon is hiring 250,000 employees throughout the U.S. in full-time, seasonal, and part-time roles, with 3,000 of those positions based in Delaware.
This week, Amazon released its latest investment and economic impact data for Delaware from its 2023 Economic Impact Report provided by Keystone Strategy.
Since 2010, Amazon has invested over $6 billion in Delaware, including infrastructure and employee compensation, and created more than 10,000 direct jobs. The investments support an additional 8,000 indirect jobs across the state in fields like construction and professional services and have contributed more than $4.8 billion to the Delaware gross domestic product on top of the company’s direct investments.
Amazon has sites in Newport, Middletown, and the New Castle area, along with a smaller location in Seaford.
According to Amazon, available jobs can be the start of a long-term career inside or outside the company. The jobs available come with a range of full- and part-time schedules.
Jobs range from packing and picking to sorting and shipping are available. On average, customer fulfillment and transportation employees can earn over $20.50 per hour and up to $28, depending on location. Interested candidates can see hiring locations and open positions at amazon.com/apply.
The seasonal hiring surge comes as Amazon has been cutting costs through employee layoffs, often in tech positions outside its fulfillment centers in Delaware and elsewhere.
“The holiday season is always a special time at Amazon, and we’re excited to hire 250,000 additional people this year to help serve customers across the country,” said John Felton, Amazon’s senior vice president of Worldwide Operations. “Whether someone is looking for a short-term way to make extra money, or is hoping to take their first step toward a fulfilling and rewarding career at Amazon, there’s a role available for them. A fulfillment or transportation employee who starts with us today will see a 13% increase in pay over the next three years—likely more, including our annual wage investments—and that’s on top of offerings like pre-paid college tuition with Career Choice and health care benefits on day one.”
In 2023, Amazon has added benefits, including a new emergency savings program and a financial assistance pilot program that has helped save fulfillment and transportation employees nearly $20 million—all available from day one.
“We’re proud to see how our investments are able to unlock new economic opportunity for millions of people across the U.S.,” said Holly Sullivan, Vice President of Worldwide Economic Development at Amazon. “We’re providing jobs with competitive pay and great benefits, including free upskilling opportunities. We see every day how our investments have positive downstream effects for so many local economies, from big cities to small towns. Whether it’s at a fulfillment center, delivery station, corporate office, or retail store, every job created is an example of Amazon’s economic engine at work.”
Employees looking to join Amazon for the first time or return as a rehire will also receive improved on-the-job safety training. This year, Amazon announced it has enhanced safety training, along with developing an enhanced Powered Industrial Trucks (PIT) Training curriculum designed to boost knowledge retention and prioritize personal and site safety. Examples of the machines include order pickers and forklifts.
Amazon has been criticized for what one report viewed as a high rate of accidents at its fulfillment centers. The company has disputed the findings.
Amazon’s benefits include access to earned pay, health, vision, and dental insurance from the first day on the job; a 401(k) with company match; up to 20 weeks of paid pregnancy/parental leave for birth parents (six weeks for eligible supporting parents); and Amazon’s Resources for Living program, a free benefit offering mental health and financial services and support for employees, their families, and their households.