Having already more than tripled its number of employees in the last three and a half years, Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN ) announced today it would be adding more than 2,500 full-time workers at several fulfillment centers across the U.S. Amazon.com currently employs approximately 110,000 employees worldwide, so 2,500 would be almost 2.3%.
According to Amazon.com's statement, the new employees will be entitled to full benefits and compensation that is "30 percent higher than traditional retail jobs." Amazon.com said it added approximately 20,000 full-time positions in its U.S. fulfillment centers last year alone.
Amazon.com's vice president of North America operations, Mike Roth, said in the press release that the online retail giant was excited to bring "new employment opportunities to local communities across the country."
The new positions include jobs picking, packing, and shipping orders to customers, and will be located at Amazon.com fulfillment centers in Washington, Tennessee, Kansas, South Carolina, and two sites in Virginia. Amazon.com operates 100 fulfillment centers worldwide, with plans for another 18 already set for 2014.