(Nexstar) — Amazon is holding what it calls its “largest training and hiring event ever” on Wednesday, aiming to fill thousands of jobs at an average starting wage of more than $18 an hour, with some earning more.
The retail giant is looking to fill transportation and fulfillment roles during the Career Day event, with some jobs receiving as much as $22.50 an hour.
The wages are being offered as part of Amazon’s effort to fill an additional 125,000 domestic jobs across the United States in addition to the 40,000 corporate and technology jobs it announced earlier this month.
Most of those jobs are in 18 states, including Florida, the company said.
There are also login bonuses of up to $3,000 available at certain sites.
“Amazon’s efforts to create jobs will be welcomed by job seekers across America — particularly in more rural locations, which are not traditionally a focus for retail investment,” said Neil Saunders, managing director of retail at GlobalData, an analytics and intelligence research firm. strong”. in the current situation.
Saunders said the company’s research shows that logistics jobs pay 16% higher than “store floor” jobs, and that more logistics positions have “room for full-time work” and come with benefits.
“Essentially, these expanded job creation efforts will provide an infusion of wealth and opportunity into local areas,” Saunders said.
Amazon said the hiring process is already underway, although job seekers interested in participating in the hiring event can register for free on the company’s Career Day page.
New employees will be eligible for benefits including the Amazon Career Choice program, under which the company says it will pay the full cost of tuition for frontline workers as soon as possible 90 days after their start date.
Amazon said last week that funding for the education program is equivalent to an investment of $1.2 billion by 2025.