Seattle, Washington According to reporting from Reuters, Amazon plans to convert 70% of the temp workforce it has hired during the Covid-19 pandemic. The massive online retailer has been on a hiring surge during this period, adding 175,000 during the months of March and April, or roughly 3,000 hires per day. 125,000 of those hires were temporary. The roles come with benefits, including health insurance and retirement plans.
"[Amazon] will begin telling 125,000 warehouse employees in June that they can keep their roles longer-term. The remaining 50,000 workers it has brought on will stay on seasonal contracts that last up to 11 months, a company spokeswoman said."
Amazon had 840,000 employees (full and part-time) at the end of last quarter, with the very real possibility of crossing the one million mark sometime in 2020.