Amazon to raise minimum wage to $15 for US employees

Amazon will raise company's minimum wage to $15 for all US employees

Amazon.com Inc said on Tuesday it would raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour for US employees from next month, seeking to head off criticism of working conditions at the world's second most valuable company.

That could be good news for numerous Internet giant's workers across North Carolina.

The median pay for an Amazon employee a year ago was $28,446, although that includes executives and other non-warehouse workers, according to government filings. Starting wages were lower, according to Amazon's own job postings, with job listings at more than 80 facilities so far this year indicating average starting pay of about $12.75 an hour, and as low as $10 an hour. The retail giant, run by the world's richest man, was criticized earlier this year after revealing its workers' median pay was $28,446.

An employee packs a box at the Amazon.com Inc. fulfillment center in Robbinsville, New Jersey, U.S., on Thursday, June 7, 2018.

"We intend to advocate for a minimum wage increase that will have a profound impact on the lives of tens of millions of people and families across this country", Jay Carney, senior vice president of Amazon global corporate affairs, said in a statement.

The move comes at a time when the "Fight for Fifteen" movement - a union-led push for a $15 minimum wage - has been gaining traction in cities across the country.

The pay hike announced by Amazon Tuesday arrives right as retailers head into their most crucial season ahead of the holidays. Workers hired by temp agencies will also receive the $15-per-hour wage.

Employees of Whole Foods Market and all other Amazon subsidiaries are included in the wage increase.

Amazon made the announcement on a company blog this morning.

Beyond the US, Amazon announced it will pay 10.50 pounds an hour in London and 9.50 pounds in other parts of the UK. With a healthy USA economy, Americans looking for work have an increasing number of job options, so Amazon has to find ways to entice people to join its company.

The move will benefit 250,000 workers in the USA, and 17,000 in the United Kingdom, and an estimated 20,000 seasonal workers.

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