Amazon’s been busy hiring this summer, bringing in another 31,000 employees in the last quarter and raising its total global headcount to 382,400.
Amazon reports its headcount as part of its quarterly earnings statements, and so far in 2017, Amazon has hired about 41,000 people. In the last 12 months it has added 113,500 people worldwide. For perspective, Amazon’s global workforce is roughly equivalent to the population of Cleveland, and it has added approximately a Billings, Mont., worth of people in the last year.
All this hiring doesn’t mean Amazon is slowing down. On its website, the company is listing more than 19,800 open positions.
The Seattle tech giant announced earlier this week that it plans to hire another 50,000 people to work in its fulfillment centers., with 80 percent of the openings for full-time roles. Amazon will also host its first-ever “Amazon Jobs Day” on Aug. 2 at 10 of its fulfillment centers where interested folks can learn more about the job opportunities.
The company said in January that it planned to add another 100,000 full-time jobs in the U.S. by mid-2018. The growth would push Amazon’s U.S. workforce to more than 280,000 people.
UPDATEs: On a conference call with reporters, Amazon CFO Brian Olsavsky went into more detail about the drivers of the employee growth, noting that Amazon’s headcount grew 42 percent year-over-year.
The company’s base of software developers and engineers, as well as its salesforce — particularly in Amazon Web Services and advertising — grew at a faster rate than the overall company growth. “Most of the growth, especially in the last year, has been in in software development engineering jobs and sales roles, in addition to fulfillment operations talent,” he said.