E-commerce giant Amazon announced Tuesday that it plans to fill 100 more white-collar and tech jobs in Detroit over the next two years.
The jobs would be based in the 150 West Jefferson office tower in downtown Detroit and pay an average $150,000 in total annual compensation, the company said. These new hires would join the 400 existing Amazon employees who, if not for the coronavirus pandemic, are situated in the building.
The hiring is part of Amazon’s nationwide “Tech Hub” expansion initiative in six cities that calls for filling 3,500 new tech and corporate positions. To accommodate the new Detroit workers, Amazon said it intends to expand its office at 150 West Jefferson by 25,000 square feet.
“Amazon’s expansion of its Detroit Tech Hub is another vote of trust to our city and the creativity, hard work and resilience of its people,” Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said in a statement. “We are proud to see our vibrant tech workforce continue to grow and thrive.”
Separately, Amazon recently unveiled plans to build a $400 million, 3.8-million-square-foot distribution center in Detroit at the old State Fairgrounds on 8 Mile that would employ at least 1,200 people. The distribution center is expected to open in 2022 and workers there are to make at least $15 an hour, plus benefits.
Amazon is not seeking any tax breaks or development incentives for either the new distribution center or downtown office expansion, according to local officials and an Amazon representative.
The planned 100 downtown hires would support several areas of Amazon’s business, including operations, finance, retail, marketing and its AWS cloud-computing subsidiary.
Hiring for the nationwide Tech Hub initiative is also happening in Dallas, Denver, New York, Phoenix and San Diego.
Amazon said it currently has more than 40 tech and corporate roles open in the Detroit area with information available at amazon.jobs.
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“We’re proud of the strong relationships we’ve built in Detroit with the local community, its leaders and the growing pool of talented tech workers that we’ve been able to hire here,” Garret Gaw, site lead of Amazon’s Detroit Tech Hub, said in a statement.
Amazon says it employs more than 876,000 people worldwide, including 35,000 at its 18 Tech Hubs in North America.
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