Amazon to lift pay for 500,000 employees.

Amazon will improve pay between 50 cents and $3 an hour for half 1,000,000 employees in its warehouses, supply community and different success groups, the corporate mentioned on Wednesday.

The motion follows scrutiny of Amazon from lawmakers and an unsuccessful unionization push that ended this month at its massive warehouse in Alabama. In 2018, Amazon raised its minimal pay to $15 an hour. In current months, it has publicly campaigned to lift the federal minimal to $15, too.

Amazon has been on a hiring spree in the course of the pandemic. As extra clients ordered gadgets on-line, the corporate added 400,000 staff in the USA final yr. Its whole work drive stands at nearly 1.3 million folks.

Amazon sometimes revaluates wages every fall, earlier than the vacation procuring season. However this yr, it moved these adjustments earlier, mentioned Darcie Henry, an Amazon vice chairman of individuals expertise and know-how. The brand new wages will roll out from mid-Might via early June. Ms. Henry mentioned the corporate was hiring for “tens of hundreds” of open positions.

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