There’s nothing like working from home,work on your time,your own schedule in your own space.
If it all sounds appealing to you and that’s why perhaps Amazon has come up with something unique. The company recently announced it’s planning to hire 5,000 home-based workers to join its customer service teams.
Many of the new jobs will come with benefits, including health insurance, sick and vacation time, and tuition.
Jobs “with benefits”
Let’s keep the hourly pay aside for a minute, as the real value in these jobs is probably in the flexibility and those two little words: “with benefits.” Amazon says that if you work more than 20 hours a week,you get:
“… life and disability insurance, dental and vision insurance with premiums paid in full by Amazon, and funding toward medical insurance,” along with the company’s Career Choice program, which “prepays 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a future career at Amazon.”
“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,” Tom Weiland, Amazon vice president for worldwide customer service, said in a press release.
In addition to these positions, Amazon says it’s hiring another 25,000 part-timers to work onsite this year, and another 100,000 full-timers over the next 18 months.
The fine print
There’s no word on what the home-based jobs pay in the press release, but a separate job listing says the “pay rate nationwide is $10.00 per hour.”
Also–again at least for now–Amazon is limiting hiring to people who live in 26 of the 50 states. (Sorry Californians and Texans.) You can find the details and the application process here.
Nobody is going to get rich working from home for Amazon for $10 an hour, of course, there are still people who would like to be working but can’t find jobs.
Like lots of stay-at-home moms, military spouses, and others who need income but might not have the flexibility to work outside their homes. Here’s hoping other companies follow suit, and that these unemployed and underemployed workers might now have a steady, new, workable option.