The American e-commerce giant Amazon plans to recruit 3,000 people on permanent contracts over the year 2021 in France, bringing its total workforce to 14,500 employees on permanent contracts by the end of the year in France, according to a press release from Wednesday February 10.
These new employees will be “Order pickers but also engineers, young graduates, human resources managers, IT specialists, health and safety specialists”, explains the company, which specifies that “The recruitments made within the Amazon logistics network will be part of a national agreement with Pôle emploi”.
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At the beginning of November, the general manager of Amazon France, Frédéric Duval, claimed “9,300 direct employees” in France, to which are added 2,200 permanent positions created in 2020 and 3,000 in 2021, according to an announcement on Wednesday. Hence a total of 14,500 employees on permanent contracts at the end of 2021.
Around ten new sites in 2020
The regions where recruitments will be the most important are, in order of importance, Ile-de-France, Hauts-de-France, Center-Val-de-Loire, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Grand Est , specifies the company, which “Reiterates its commitment to diversity and equal opportunities in recruitment, in particular to contribute to the integration of young people from priority neighborhoods”.
Asked about these job creations, Laurent Degousé, co-delegate of the Sud Commerce federation, the leading trade union organization at Amazon, said he was “Rather happy”. “At Amazon, there are far too many temporary workers, it is heresy while the employment standard remains the CDI”, he reacted, imagining “That they will give priority to former temporary workers”.
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Amazon, which claims 5.7 billion euros of turnover in France in 2019, also plans to open a dozen sites in the country in 2021, including a distribution center project – site of about 50,000 m2 on the ground – “On the side of Metz”. Smaller establishments are being considered in Rivesaltes, near Perpignan, Briec near Quimper, or in Normandy.