As it continues its rapid growth, Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) said it would add 30,000 jobs in the United States over the next year. These will be part-time jobs, and 5,000 of the new employees will be able to work from home.
Amazon has over 275,000 employees worldwide. In January, the e-commerce and cloud company said it would hire another 100,000 people in the next 18 months.
The jobs additions are an extension of the Amazon Virtual Customer Service system. Employees will work in the Amazon customer service operation. People who are part of the program and work more than 20 hours a week qualify for benefits, and the Amazon plan partially pays employee tuition.
The company said:
Virtual Customer Service jobs are part of Amazon’s plan to hire 30,000 part-time roles in the U.S. over the next year
Part-time employees working 20 hours a week or more receive benefits, including the company’s innovative Career Choice program that pre-pays 95 percent of tuition for courses in high-demand fields, regardless of relevancy to Amazon.
The program also will further Amazon’s commitment to military personnel and their families. Tom Weiland, Amazon Vice President for Worldwide Customer Service, said:
We’re finding that roles with Virtual Customer Service are particularly attractive to military spouses who want to continue working and parenting, even if their spouse is deployed or the family is relocated, as often happens with military families. Wounded, injured or ill military veterans and others with mobility challenges are also enjoying these opportunities to work from home with Amazon. Both active duty and retired service men and women support our country and we are happy to support them.
Amazon’s top-line growth rate continues to run about 25% year over year. Fourth-quarter sales were $43.7 billion. The company has two primary divisions. The first is its traditional online operations. The new part-time employees will become part of that division. Amazon also has a cloud computing company called Amazon Webs Services, which is the largest cloud company based on market share.