Amazon offering temporary hires in Colorado something more permanent

Amazon went on a hiring spree in March and April, adding 175,000 seasonal positions nationally, including more than 4,600 in Colorado, as peopled stayed home and online purchases, especially for groceries, surged.

Amazon said Friday that it expects to offer permanent, full-time positions to 125,000 of the workers hired during the pandemic starting in June. That will include more than 1,700 of the recent hires in Colorado, where Amazon employs 4,000 people statewide.

“For those who wish to stay and grow with Amazon, more than 1,700 of these seasonal-to-permanent, full-time roles will be offered in Colorado. These new roles are specifically for customer fulfillment and last-mile delivery. Amazon expects to offer more full-time roles in the coming days,” said Amazon spokeswoman Anne Laughlin in an email.

Colorado is looking at a retention rate of 37% versus 70% nationally among the surge workers hired. The jobs come with a minimum wage of $15 an hour; full medical, vision and dental insurance; a 50% 401(k) match and paid parental leave.

Dozens of Amazon facilities have suffered COVID-19 outbreaks among workers, including nine confirmed cases reported this week at a distribution facility in Aurora. The company said it has spent $800 million on COVID-19 containment measures in the first half of the year.

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