Not every job is full-time or part-time on Amazon, there are also seasonal jobs, which don’t ask for the same level of commitment.
Whether you need some extra money to get those precious gifts for your loved ones or have the time and the need for a job, a seasonal job may just be what you were looking for.
But how long do these types of jobs have and what exactly are seasonal employees?
How Long Is A Seasonal Job At Amazon?
Seasonal jobs at Amazon typically last six months, but the most common timeframe is from November to January. Although not the norm, there is a chance to stay on as a full-time employee after your contract ends.
Many people choose to take these jobs since they only have to commit to the holidays and make a bit of extra money with it.
This year is no different and Amazon has focused on hiring around 150,000 employees for a seasonal job.
If you want to know more about seasonal jobs and the benefits that come with them, keep reading!
What Is A Seasonal Employee?
Seasonal employees are people that are hired for a short term in any position, mostly with a similar schedule to part-time workers in order to help out when a company such as Amazon has higher demand than usual. This is the case when holidays such as Christmas turn into a nightmare to such high demands.
Of course, seasonal employees can be found at any type of job but in this case, we are focusing on Amazon.
Most of the time, seasonal employees work around 30 hours a week, however, there is no exact rule as to how many hours a seasonal employee should work, this is a responsibility that falls into the hands of the company.
Do Seasonal Employees Get Benefits At Amazon?
Seasonal employees at Amazon aren’t classified as ‘full-time’ and thus don’t have the same benefits like 401k and possibility to own stock in the company.
Seasonal employees do get a starting salary of $15 per hour like all other employees
Can A Seasonal Employee Get A Full-Time Job?
Yes!, that is actually one of the reasons people get a job as a seasonal employee so that Amazon notices the good work they put in and considers giving a full-time job to that employee.
Amazon will be giving a chance to seasonal workers after the holiday season is over to continue working for them, which is nothing new, as they have good experiences converting hundreds of seasonal employees into full-time employees.
Do Amazon Seasonal Employees Get Paid Weekly?
Yes, Amazon seasonal employees get paid weekly, and according to Amazon, the average pay for a US employee starts at $18 per hour. They also state that working early in the morning, overnight and night shifts will increase the hourly pay.
To get an idea of the perks of working harder shifts, let’s say that an employee who works on an Amazon Delivery Station Warehouse decides to work from around 1:00 am to 12:00 pm, from Saturday through Tuesday. Well, this employee can earn up to $3 more per hour, and even get a $3000 bonus.
The great thing about this is that a seasonal employee gets to enjoy all of these benefits, assuming that person is willing to put in a bit more effort than your average employee.
Amazon Seasonal Jobs
We are getting very close to Black Friday and Christmas which means that there is a very high demand on Amazon, which has only gone higher with all the quarantine rules worldwide ever since the pandemic hit.
Because of this Amazon is currently hiring a lot of people to take on roles as seasonal employees.
According to Alicia Boler Davis, Senior Vice President, Global Customer Fulfillment, stated in a press release:
We are proud to be offering a huge range of full-time, part-time, and now seasonal jobs with great pay and benefits. Our seasonal hiring helps us deliver on our promises to customers while also providing flexibility to our full-time employees during busy periods. Joining Amazon in one of our seasonal roles offers high-paying, part-time work, or a path to a full-time position, with benefits like our Career Choice program to help people advance their education and careers within Amazon or beyond.
These sorts of ideas make sense after the increasingly high demand that Amazon has seen in the last few years.
While every year Amazon offers seasonal jobs, this time they want to make sure customers can enjoy the benefits of purchasing with Amazon regardless of how much demand there is at the time.
According to said Andrea Wilkerson, Staffing Coordinator for Amazon:
“Nearly four years ago, I started a trial run with Amazon as a seasonal employee. Since then, I have been promoted four times and I am now charged with helping staff Amazon’s facilities across the Delaware Valley, I can say from experience that the array of positions Amazon offers, coupled with a flexible work schedule, ensures the company can meet the needs of any employee. This includes those who are looking to rejoin the workforce, or start a new career with advancement opportunities, or just to earn some extra money over the holiday season.”
The idea of having seasonal employees is great for both the person being hired and the company that hires them, it’s a way of getting a job while not fully committing but still making some money and enjoying the benefits of an Amazon employee.
On the other hand, Amazon has the option of having someone work for the retailer for a few months just about enough to survive a large number of sales and deliveries without having to spend resources on someone for a full-time or part-time job.
In a lot of cases, a seasonal employee also works as a trial, in which Amazon tests that person to see if it’s worth hiring beyond their seasonal contract.
If you are looking for a job and have some spare time these holidays, you might want to give it a go, if not, now you know how a company like Amazon deals with high-demand seasons.