Amazon adds 250,000 staff in three months

Matthew Field
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Amazon - Reuters
Amazon - Reuters

Amazon has surged up the ranks of the world’s largest employers adding nearly 250,000 staff in the last three months for a total of 1.13m..

The online retail giant’s hiring spree over the last two years has propelled it into the world's top ten largest employers. 

Brian Olsavsky, Amazon’s finance chief, said the company was continuing to add people “at a rapid clip”. Amazon’s services have been in huge demand as millions of people stay at home and turn to online shopping, rather than visiting the high street.

That number does not include contractors and seasonal workers, which are expected to swell Amazon’s numbers by over 100,000. The median annual salary of an Amazon worker is $28,848 (£22,000).

Its massive headcount leaves it just short of Indian Railways, the giant public sector employer, which has 1.2 million staff, and China Petroleum which has around 1.3 million people.

It is still some way short of the world’s largest private employer, Walmart, founded in 1962, which has an estimated 2.2 million people. It is also smaller than the largest public sector employers, such as the NHS which has around 1.5 million people. But it is now bigger than the US Postal Service and China Post. 

The US Department of Defence is the single largest employer in the US, with around 2.8 million people between active soldiers, reservists and civilians. The People’s Liberation Army has more than 2 million people.

It comes as Amazon revealed a 200pc increase in annual profits on Thursday as the e-commerce giant continued to enjoy a surge in sales, although it continued to spend heavily on anti-Covid-19 measures in its warehouses.

Amazon said it expected the recent rise in profits to slow down as it continued to add safety measures as part of a $4bn spending programme. 

In its quarterly results, Amazon reported sales had increased by 37pc to $96bn while profits rose from $2.1bn to $6.3bn.