Amazon looks to address staff shortages with £1000 golden hello to new workers

Published on: 27th August 2021

The offer comes as the retail industry continues to face major staff shortages both on the shop floor and in its supply chains.

Amazon is advertising for a range of full-time and part-time warehouse staff across the UK, saying that pickers and packers capable of lifting up to 50lbs are “urgently needed”. The retailer is offering new warehouse workers a £1000 joining bonus, which is assumed to be due to the current staff shortage crisis. The ‘golden hello’ bonus is being offered to anyone joining between now and 18th September.

Amazon has taken on around 20,000 new UK employees since the start of the pandemic to meet consumer demand, but needs further warehouse operatives in a variety of locations throughout the UK.

As well as the joining bonus, the company is offering an hourly rate of £11.10 an hour, with overtime rising to £22.20 an hour. Amazon says it is offering “immediate starts with no experience needed”.

While Amazon has not confirmed why it has begun offering the bonuses, the move comes as the retail industry continues to face major staff shortages both on the shop floor and in its supply chains. Aside from covid-related staffing difficulties, and other pressures on retail staff due to Brexit, Amazon has an extremely high staff turnover rate; a recent New York Times article revealed that it is as high as 150% in the US and is of great concern to Amazon executives, who are reportedly concerned Amazon could run out of eligible workers. However, figures for staff turnover in the UK are currently unknown.

Like Amazon, many retail companies across the UK continue to suffer disruption to their supply chains due to staffing difficulties and particularly a UK-wide shortage of HGV drivers. This week, Tesco has offered lorry drivers a £1,000 joining bonus, while John Lewis has said it plans to increase annual salaries for its drivers.



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