COLUMBIA, SC — Online retailer Amazon is ramping up hiring at its Cayce distribution center, saying it plans to hire hundreds of full-time workers to pick, pack and ship customer orders.
Amazon officials won’t specify the number of jobs that will be added and the current staff level, calling that proprietary information.
A year ago, company officials said the facility had a payroll of 1,000 full-time employees.
All new hires will be full-time staff that gathers, packages and ships goods ordered by customers in the facility’s round-the-clock operation, spokeswoman Kelly Cheeseman said.
The starting wage is $11 per hour – with bonuses possible – for a job that can require physical activity for up to 12 hours per shift, the company’s website says.
Some positions will be offered to part-time staff now working at the facility, Cheeseman said.
Amazon is “on track” to reach a payroll of 2,000 required by Dec. 31 in exchange for a sales tax collection exemption it received in a package of incentives given the online retailer to open the center, she said.
Employment has varied at the 1.2 million-square-foot distribution center. The company’s last round of hiring for the center was in July, when it said it would hire hundreds of full-time and temporary workers.
The center – which handles smaller products, such as electronics, DVDs and books – typically beefs up staff by 1,200-1,500 temporary employees during the Christmas holiday shopping season to handle heavy orders. Amazon has a similar center in Spartanburg that handles larger items and employs more than 400, the company said.
Candidates can apply for the new jobs at www.workatamazon
Staff writer Kristy Eppley