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Amazon had said it expects to hire over 70,000 seasonal employees across the US, along with more than 15,000 in the UK, to cope with the Christmas rush. In the United Kingdom, the warehousing etailer will be taking on 2.5 times more staffers than the number of its 6,000-strong permanent workforce, while the United States will …

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Anonymous Coward

And boy

Are they going to make you sweat for minimum wage.

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Re: And boy

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And boy.. Are they going to make you sweat for minimum wage."

You reckon minimum wage jobs should be physically (and perhaps mentally) untaxing, like IT?

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Why do they need so many?

What are all these employees actually going to do, given that Amazon don't appear to conduct any business or make any money in the UK, as evidenced by their tax bill...

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Anonymous Coward

Re: Why do they need so many?

PS4 Launch.

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Anonymous Coward

Based on my recent experience, perhaps they should lend the Royal Mail a few more people to actually deliver my goods on time. The courier firms are fine, most times the Royal Mail never seem to grasp the concept of 'next day delivery'.

Not all tarnished by the fact that Fifa 14 wasn't delivered this morning as expected :-)

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Meh

that's the problem with anecdotal evidence

In our experience couriers are crap (finding the house, leaving the stiff....) and RM are really very very good. But as they used to say YMMV

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Re: that's the problem with anecdotal evidence

well we did once have a problem with a coffin and contents :-)

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Anonymous Coward

Royal Mail do take on a lot of temporary staff over Christmas. I might end up doing that again this year.

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IT Angle

Zero hours contracts?

Very probably.

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Sweat

Well if they make 'em sweat they might lose some weight, but I wouldn't want to work there if the elves don't get a fresh shirt every day.

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Good luck with that...

There's just (as in this week) been a major change of shift pattern for all the UK FCs. There used to be a mix of folk working 5x8 hour shifts and 4x10 hour shifts, with a night shift running Nov-Dec. Now everyone's on 4 10-hour shifts and there's a permanent night shift. The various overlap days are going to be chaos; we don't have the capacity to have that many people working at once, never mind canteen facilities and so on. It's virtually certain that temps are going to get sent home or called and told not to come in. We've already got a shite reputation locally as an employer, and it's going to get worse.

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Re: Good luck with that...

10 hour work days suck and are pointless.

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Amazon zero-hour contracts ..

"Former workers at an Amazon warehouse complain of timed toilet breaks, punishments for talking and zero-hour contracts in an exclusive Channel 4 News investigation."

http://www.channel4.com/news/anger-at-amazon-working-conditions

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Re: Amazon zero-hour contracts ..

http://www.channel4.com/news/anger-at-amazon-working-conditions

Dated August of this year.

Wow. Still treating their people like crap. A quick Google and you can read similar stories from years ago as well.

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Anonymous Coward

They can hire 10% of the government workforce.

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The Xmas workers are on full time (40 hrs per week) with compulsory overtime paid at flat rate. I spent one season working in the Swansea Warehouse, and boy they do make you sweat, the first week there it was approx -4 degrees outside yet everyone wears shorts because it is red hot inside. There is a single 30 min break for lunch in each 8 hour shift, nothing unusual in that except it takes ten minutes to get through the airport style metal detectors to the break area and another 5 to return to the work place. If you have ever seen the 1920's film metropolis where the workers are toiling relentlessly you will understand what Amazon is like.

Walking around all day with a scanner that tells you where to go and what to pick up- if the for any reason the orders stop coming in the device tells you to report to the team leader in order to be sent home. Generally the orders pick up again before you get dismissed and you can get on your merry way. All in all an evil place to work.

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Anonymous Coward

Most people in Swansea

Are happy to do sweet FA and live off all the hard working low paid peoples efforts through benefits,

I applaud you for being the exception to the general populus of the area

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Re: Most people in Swansea

"Are happy to do sweet FA and live off all the hard working low paid peoples efforts through benefits"

Most of the benefits go to the off-shore corporations who pay little or no taxes .. 22.5% on 20% of their real earnings ..

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