Amazon joins the entry wage debate with the decision to increase the payroll of logistics workers by 8%. This means that, starting from 1 October, the entry salary for employees will go from 1,550 to 1,680 euros gross, ie 8% more than what is foreseen by the national collective agreement for the sector. After the signing of the protocol on industrial relations with trade unions at the Ministry of Labor, the group, as Stefano Perego, vice president of Amazon EU Operations underlines, wants to become “the best employer and the safest place to work”.
To the “increased” entry salary, Amazon also adds its welfare and the possibility of following an innovative Career Choice program that covers up to 95% of the cost of tuition and textbooks, for those who want to specialize in a specific area by attending courses professional, for an amount of up to 8 thousand euros in four years. “We are committed to offering our employees a safe, modern and inclusive work environment, with competitive wages, benefits and excellent opportunities for professional growth,” adds Perego.
Since 2010, when it arrived in Italy, Amazon has invested over 6 billion euros, creating more than 12,500 new permanent jobs, in over 50 sites throughout Italy. The geography of openings is expanding from month to month. In 2021 the distribution centers in Novara and Cividate al Piano (Bergamo) have already become operational, to which the sorting center in Spilamberto (Modena) will soon be added. In 2022 the first distribution center will be opened in Abruzzo, where a thousand new people will work indefinitely, within three years of opening. Add to this that to serve Amazon Prime Now and Fresh customers, the company has two urban distribution centers in Milan and Rome. In addition to the investments made in the logistics network, the company has also opened a development center in Turin for research on voice recognition and natural language understanding that will support the technology used for the Alexa voice assistant.