Amazon is offering a sign-on bonus of up to $1,000 to new employees.

If you’re looking for a new job or a part-time position to earn some extra cash, try Amazon. The world’s largest online retailer is adding a total of 100,000 jobs, 4,400 of those in the State of Maryland. Positions will be full- and part-time, mostly located in warehouse fulfillment sites around the state. The surge in hiring is part of Amazon’s efforts to handle increased volume due to the pandemic. As people continue to work from home and limit trips to the store, daily orders have skyrocketed. 

Amazon offers a starting minimum wage of $15 an hour with benefits like 401k, health insurance, up to 20 weeks of paid parental leave, and a career program that includes pre-paid tuition of 95 percent for full-time employees. The current hiring campaign also includes a sign-on bonus of up to $1,000. Seasonal part-time employees are also eligible for a sign-on bonus.

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Construction is underway on Amazon’s second headquarters in Crystal City, Virginia, and the company has already hired more than a thousand people. Eventually, Amazon expects to employ a total of 50,000 people in the region once the buildings are complete. The company already has more than 24 fulfillment and sortation warehouses in Maryland.

“We are opening 100 buildings this month alone across new fulfillment and sortation centers, delivery stations, and other sites,” said Dave Clark, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations at Amazon. “We are proud to be hiring 100,000 new associates with pay of $15 per hour or more across those buildings and in our network.”

Maryland, like most states, was hit with job losses due to the coronavirus pandemic. As of July 31, 2020, the unemployment rate was at 7.6 percent, almost a full percentage point below the national average. According to data from the office of Governor Larry Hogan, Maryland has added more than 156,000 jobs in the recovery.

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