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Amazon Turns On Retail Blow Torch, 500 New Aussie Jobs

Whilst many local retailers claim they’ve gauged Amazon Australia’s measure, the e-commerce giant has thrown has down the gauntlet and announced 500 new permanent roles across its fulfilment network in the next year.

ChannelNews understands the behemoth has already recruited 150 personnel to work across the expansion of its consumer electronics and appliance brands.

Despite remaining loyal to traditional retailers, several major brands are said to be re-considering their relationship with Amazon Australia, reportedly enticed by order opportunities from supplying the e-commerce giant direct.

The move to create 500 new permanent jobs is set to threaten both traditional and rival e-commerce retailers – such Kogan.com and Catch Group – alike.

In a statement, Amazon Australia Director of Operations, Robert Bruce, asserts it’s committed to being a great local employer, and is transitioning “the majority” of current associates to full-time permanent staff – as done in other global locations.

“We know the important role that associates play at the heart of Amazon’s fulfilment success and we are excited to bring these new job opportunities to the Operations team in Australia as our network grows due to customer demand.”

Amazon has not officially advised how many staff will transition to permanent full-time work, nor what proportion will be new hires.

The news comes six months after Amazon opened its Sydney fulfilment centre, joining its first Dandenong South Victoria facility.

Staff will reportedly receive a base rate of $28 per hour, with penalty and overtime loading according to award conditions.

Amazon’s fulfilment centre complements its existing AWS (Amazon Web Services) presence, which launched locally in 2017, and boasts over 1,000 Aussie-based staff.

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