Amazon Australia to Hire 500 People Amidst Expansion Plans

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By Published On: February 27, 20190 Comments

Amazon is planning on expanding its local fulfilment network, with an additional 500 jobs up for grabs.

The global juggernaut announced on Wednesday morning that its Dandenong South fulfilment facility in Melbourne’s south-east will be growing over the next 12-months, with plans in place to recruit hundreds of new staff members.

According to Amazon, a total of 500 permanent staff members will be hired to work across its Victorian facility and its second fulfilment centre in Sydney. The hiring process will reportedly commence in Melbourne.

Robert Bruce, the director of operations at Amazon Australia said the business is committed to investing in the Australian market, and the recruitment of new warehouse staff is just one example of how the company will continue to grow in Australia.

“We know the important role that associates play at the heart of Amazon’s fulfilment success and we are excited to bring these new job opportunities to the Operations team in Australia as our network grows due to customer demand,” he said.

According to Bruce, the new recruits will receive Amazon’s competitive benefits, which include up to six weeks of paid parental leave and a base salary starting at $28 per hour.

“We are committed to being a great employer in Australia and, as we grow our local operations, we will be transitioning the majority of the associates to full-time permanent employees with competitive pay and benefits, as we have done in other places where we operate around the world,” Bruce said.

As part of the company’s incentive’s scheme, Amazon says that permanent staff from 2020 will have access to Career Choice benefits, which pays up to 95 percent of associates’ tuition for courses in high-demand fields, as well as subsidised comprehensive healthcare, including medical, dental and optical.

Across the globe, Amazon reportedly employs 647,500 people, with the company’s Australian operation doubling in size since its launch in December 2017.

Amazon’s announcement comes after ABC News published an expose on the working conditions at the company’s Dandenong fulfilment centre, claiming staff members are all on casual contracts and feel “anxious” about whether they’ll get another shift.

“I feel like they resent the fact that I’m a robot and that I’m made of flesh and bone,” one worker reportedly said.

The article also cited employees being too scared to go to the toilet because of impossible targets and fearing being sent home without pay.

Amazon Australia denied these claims, saying the business “strives to be a great employer”. In a statement emailed to Power Retail, an Amazon spokesperson said the ABC’s claims were highly sensationalised.

“The article by the ABC is intentionally sensational in its reporting and is demeaning to the hard working dedicated people who work at Amazon fulfilment centres and do a great job. Amazon’s announcement today of 500 new permanent jobs over the next year at local fulfilment centres has been developed over many months.”

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