Jobs In Pandemic Times: The E-retailing giant Amazon has invested heavily in its expansion, giving hope of jobs to thousands in the MENA region. By increasing its storage capacity by over 45 per cent across its fulfillment network, it has now opened a new delivery station in the UAE. This in itself has created more than 2000 permanent and seasonal jobs.
According to official figures, the company has added 427,300 employees in 10 months, bringing its global work force to more than 1.2 million. Amazon is tapping land hiring in remote areas of India and Italy and investing heavily into its warehousing infrastructure. At an average, the company is hiring 1400 people a day.
The pandemic led to some social distancing norms to be followed. This restriction saw a dramatic shift in the way business was done since March when lockdowns were implemented worldwide. The ripple effect has seen many business houses close shop. The customer is preferring safer modes of purchase like the E-retail model and are refraining from venturing into mom-n-pop stores too. The company now has more than 2.4 million cubic feet of storage capacity across its network and third-party partners.
The UAE has seen a huge boom of jobs in the operational sectors. Hospitality and retail has been badly hit, forcing business owners to shift to the e-retail models for selling. Many stores now have websites and applications for easy buying for customers.
Besides jobs in operations, Amazon is also offering opportunities in the corporate side, apart from opportunities in its extended partner networks. Speaking on the development, Prashant Saran, director of operations for Amazon Middle East and North Africa has confirmed that Amazon has “increased its workforce across the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) by 30 per cent in 2020.”
They have plans to continue to hire for roles that enable the company to provide the best possible customer experience, underpinned by the vast selection, low prices and fast delivery. “We are creating jobs across our operations in the Middle East in UAE, KSA and Egypt,” confirmed Saran.