Amazon offers £1,000 golden hellos to new warehouse workers to meet booming demand amid worsening UK recruitment crisis
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August 24 2021

Commentary by Eoin Treacy

Amazon offers £1,000 golden hellos to new warehouse workers to meet booming demand amid worsening UK recruitment crisis

This article from the Daily Mail may be of interest to subscribers. Here is a section:

Amazon is offering to pay up to £1,000 joining bonuses for new warehouse workers in the UK as it looks to meet a boom in demand and battle a worsening shortage of staff. 

The online giant is advertising for 'urgently needed' warehouse pickers and packers across the country, offering hourly rates of up to £11.10 an hour for daytime shifts, rising to £22.20 an hour for overtime. 

The roles up for grabs at Amazon span warehouses nationwide, including Darlington, Dartford, Swansea, Redditch, Coventry and Redruth as well many London locations, including Croydon, Enfield and Luton.

Job ads on the Indeed website reveal that workers who are taken between now and September 18 are eligible for the bonus.

Full-time and temp contracts are being advertised on the site, with 'immediate starts' and no prior experience required. 

It comes as UK firms are struggling to fill roles across a number of industries as a result of gaps left by EU workers who have returned home because of Brexit and the pandemic, as well as people having to self-isolate because of Covid.

Eoin Treacy's view

There is a glaring mismatch between the jobs on offer and the ranks of the unemployed. Most people don’t want to go back to customer facing roles. Vaccinated or not, people feel like their time is worth more than the headache of dealing with the public. Meanwhile warehouse work is extremely physically demanding, which is a far cry from folding clothes in a retail store.

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