Amazon raises wages for lower-paid workers

Amazon raises wages for lower-paid workers”

The median pay for an Amazon employee previous year was $28,446 worldwide, according to government filings, which includes full-time, part-time and temporary workers.

Mr Bezos said he encouraged the company's competitors to increase their own minimum wages.

I've emailed Amazon to ask, though, and will update if I hear back.[Update:] Amazon got back to me to confirm that the new pay rise does not affect delivery drivers, and seemingly all other Amazon workers who are officially "self-employed": The announcement does not relate to delivery drivers.

Amazon's public policy team will also begin advocating for an increase in the federal minimum wage. This includes staff members hired by external agencies, and those working for Amazon subsidiaries like Whole Foods. One of its harshest critics is U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos walks onstage for the launch of the new Amazon Fire Phone, in Seattle, June 16, 2014.

For your background delivery drivers do not work directly for Amazon and are not therefore "Amazon drivers".

In two decades the company expanded far beyond its bookseller beginnings, combining its world-spanning retail operation with less flashy but very profitable advertising and cloud computing businesses.

Amazon, which became just the second company ever to cross $1 trillion in worth as company earlier this year, said it plans to push the federal government to increase the minimum. That's the fastest annual gain since the Great Recession ended. They are self-employed contractors who either work with independent delivery companies or in Amazon Flex to deliver Amazon parcels. And in January Walmart raised its starting wages to $11 per hour.

On Tuesday, fast food workers in MI are going to kick off a series of protests in the Midwest and elsewhere around the country in support of unions and a $15 minimum age.

Other companies have also moved to raise wages, particularly in this tight labor market.

According to various jobs listing sites, Amazon is looking to hire some 90 people in N.C.

The move will benefit 250,000 workers in the U.S., and 17,000 in the United Kingdom, and an estimated 20,000 seasonal workers.

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