Amazon plans to hire 30,000 part-time workers in the U.S. over the next year, the company announced in a press release on Thursday.
The hires include 5,000 work-from-home positions, which will be part of the retailer’s virtual customer service department.
Virtually-located employees who work 20 hours per week are eligible for the company’s benefits program and its innovative Career Choice program that pre-pays 95 percent of tuition for courses related to skills relevant to their position at the company.
The company currently employs more than 10,000 military veterans and pledged to hire an additional 25,000 over the next five years.
It’s pledged to create more than 100,000 full-time, full-benefit jobs in the U.S. over the next 18 months.
“There are lots of people who want or need a flexible job—whether they’re a military spouse, a college student, or a parent—and we’re happy to empower these talented people no matter where they happen to live,” said Tom Weiland, Amazon Vice President for Worldwide Customer Service. “We’re finding that roles with Virtual Customer Service are particularly attractive to military spouses who want to continue working and parenting, even if their spouse is deployed or the family is relocated, as often happens with military families. Wounded, injured or ill military veterans and others with mobility challenges are also enjoying these opportunities to work from home with Amazon. Both active duty and retired service men and women support our country and we are happy to support them.”
Amazon Virtual Customer Service employee Sabrina Tierce relocated six years ago from central California to Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State where her husband is stationed as an Army medic. “It’s amazing to have a job that offers me the flexibility to care for my child when needed and even to move around the country if we are relocated,” said Tierce. “My commute is about 15 paces. The worst part of my day is if there’s a Lego on the stairway, because that’s a rough commute to work.”