Amazon Plans 55,000 Jobs in Expansion Push

Chief Executive Officer Andy Jassy told Reuters that Amazon plans to hire up to 55,000 people in technology and corporate roles globally. That figure is almost equal to Facebook’s entire staffing and represents one-third of Google’s current workforce.

Jassy released this news during his first press interview after becoming Amazon’s CEO in July 2021. The company’s new bet on launching satellites into orbit, currently called Project Kuiper, is expected to generate even more opportunities.

Since the pandemic has altered or displaced numerous employment opportunities, many people are thinking about pursuing new or different jobs. The new hires will eventually represent a 20% increase in those staffing areas.

What Is It Like to Work for Amazon?

When looking for employee reviews of what it is like to work for Amazon, Indeed has 75,000+ submissions that deliver a 3.5-star rating. 

Amazon receives the highest scores in pay and benefits, while the lowest ones are in management and job security. 

Most people like that Amazon helps them have a clear sense of purpose with their work. They celebrate the ability to meet personal goals while offering a fair compensation package. If you’re not motivated or have some health issues, many of the jobs could be a bit problematic.

The problem with an Amazon job is that the company doesn’t always deliver a sense of belonging. That issue leads to a lack of trust within the ranks, especially since people report that they don’t receive a lot of manager-based support. 

With many jobs offering wages well above the minimum, this growth opportunity could deliver significant economic contributions in the places where jobs get offered. 

25% of Gasoline Tanker Trucks Idle with Driver Shortage

After a 2020 that kept many families stuck at home, the summer of 2021 looks to become a vacation extravaganza. Millions of people are expected to hit the road or fly to see family, visit theme parks, and more.

Although there is plenty of fuel to get people to where they need to go, the number of tanker truck drivers making deliveries is significantly lower this year. About one out of every four trucks that were on the road in 2019 is not functioning today.

Special certifications are necessary to drive a tanker truck. Since that means several weeks of training after getting a commercial driver’s license, it isn’t an attractive option. It is often strenuous and challenging work.

That’s why driver turnover each year averages about 50%. In 2020, approximately 70% of drivers decided that they didn’t want to get behind the wheel.

Rising Pay Rates Aren’t Producing the Expected Results

Holly McCormick is the VP of Driver Recruitment and Retention for Groendyke Transport in Oklahoma. She says that she’s had to double her recruiting budget in 2021 to get the same driver numbers they had in the previous year.

What is causing the driver shortage?

Many workers move into construction jobs because the hours are better, the pay is similar, and there is less time away from home. Others are transitioning into new forms of remote work.

The result of this transition is that the higher recruiting costs cause the rates charged to customers to rise by the same amount. It’s a ripple effect already impacting the prices at the grocery stores.

If there is no fuel, there isn’t any business. If stations run out of gas, drivers keep stopping to top off their tanks. That action places even more pressure on the industry.

That’s why gas prices could see a surge in the summer of 2021.