More and more companies are offering people the option of working from home, and Amazon is no exception. The online retailer announced yesterday that they are adding 5,000 part time, work from home jobs over the next year.
The positions are in Amazon's virtual customer service department, and remote employees that work at least 20 hours per week receive benefits (like life and disability insurance, dental and vision insurance paid fully, and funding towards medical insurance), as well as Amazon Career Choice, a program that pre-pays 95 percent of tuition for courses in "in-demand" fields, whether they relate to Amazon or not.
While working from home has its own set of challenges, the freedom it provides is helpful for many. "There are lots of people who want or need a flexible job—whether they're a military spouse, a college student, or a parent—and we're happy to empower these talented people no matter where they happen to live," Tom Weiland, Amazon vice president for worldwide customer service said in a press release.
The jobs are part of Amazon's plan to hire more than 30,000 part time roles over the next year, on top of more than 100,000 full time, full benefit jobs the company is creating in the U.S. over the next 18 months, including positions in sortation and fulfillment centers. The company has also committed to hiring 25,000 additional veterans and military spouses over the next five years.