On Thursday, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced that they planned to hire 30,000 part-time employees over the next year, including 5,000 work-from-home positions.
According to the company, the 5,000 work-from-home positions will be in virtual customer service department, and employees will work as customer service representatives. The other 25,000 employees would work at Amazon’s warehouses. The company said that all incoming part-time workers will work 20 or more hours a week and would be eligible for benefits.
The announcement today followed the Amazon’s announcement in January to hire 100,000 full-time workers by the middle of next year. By taking these steps, the company could enlarge its U.S. employee base to over 300,000 people.
The company said that all of its part-time employees are eligible for the Career Choice program. If the employee is working in fields that the company thinks are “in demand”, the employee would be pre-paid 95% of his or her tuition.
“There are lots of people who want or need a flexible job — whether they’re a military spouse, a college student, or a parent — and we’re happy to empower these talented people no matter where they happen to live,” Tom Weiland, the vice president for worldwide customer service of Amazon, said in the statement.