Amazon CEO unveils 55,000 tech job hiring spree

55,000.

That's the number of new corporate and tech jobs Amazon.com's CEO Andy Jassy plans to fill globally in the coming months.

He told Reuters the plan exclusively in his first press interview since starting the top job at one of the world's most valuable companies.

The additional staff is equal to more than a third of Google's headcount as of June 30th and close to all of Facebook's.

The new hires would boost Amazon's corporate and tech workforce by 20 percent.

Jassy said the company needs more manpower to keep up with demand in retail, cloud and advertising and its other businesses, including a new bet to launch satellites into orbit to widen broadband access.

The revelation of Amazon's hiring plans comes just ahead of its annual job fair, which is set to begin on September 15th.

Amazon is looking to fill positions in engineering, research science and robotics roles, which are largely new to the company.

Amazon's hiring spree comes amid a tight labor market, where some employers complain they have open jobs that they can't fill. Even more, the labor market is in the midst of a shake-up as companies try to balance a return to the office, while many employees want to continue working from home.

Amazon recently dialed back office plans and offered workers an option to spend just three days a week in the office starting next year.

Already America's second biggest private employer, more than 40,000 of those 55,000 new hires wanted by Jassy are earmarked for the U.S.

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