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The world’s largest online retailer is on a hiring spree despite reporting last week that it lost money in the second quarter.

Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) said it is creating 5,000 new full-time jobs in its United States fulfillment network to “meeting growing customer demand.” It’s welcome news following last week’s report that the Seattle-based e-commerce giant lost $0.02 per share despite posting earnings of $15.7 billion in the second quarter.
“We are hiring more than 5,000 people to join our team and help us continue to innovate and serve our customers,” said Dave Clark, vice-president of worldwide operations and customer service at Amazon in a statement today.

The company, which currently has about 20,000 employees is also currently hiring for 2,000 jobs across its customer service network.

As an additional come on, Clark also mentioned Amazon’s generous training subsidy program.

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“We’re focused on sustaining innovation across Amazon and want to help out employees succeed – whether at Amazon or elsewhere- so we offer programs like Career Choice, where we’ll pay up to 95 per cent of eligible employees’ tuition regardless of whether the skills they will learn are relevant to a career at Amazon.”

News gets even better for job hunters.

Media pay inside Amazon fulfillment centers is 30 per cent higher than that of people who work in traditional retail stores – “and that doesn’t even include the stock grants that full-time employees receive, which over the past five years have added to an average of nine per cent to base pay annually,” a statement from Amazon said.

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