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Amazon is hiring 36,000 people: Here’s what and where the jobs are

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One of Amazon office building in Silicon Valley, San Francisco. (Source: Getty)
One of Amazon office building in Silicon Valley, San Francisco. (Source: Getty)

E-commerce giant Amazon is globally hiring thousands upon thousands of people – 36,305, to be exact – and more than 300 of them are in Australia.

The tech company is hiring across at least 50 countries, with nearly 23,000 of the vacancies in the US, 2,420 from India, and roughly 1,400 apiece from Britain, Canada, and Germany, according to analysis by Thinknum.

Most of the jobs are in software development (10,441 of them) and nearly 2,500 in non-technical project, program and product management roles.

There are more than 2,000 jobs each in operations, IT and support engineering as well as technical project management roles.

Several of the job categories are technical, operations, business or logistics-related, such as data science or hardware development – but Amazon is also hiring for 1,634 human resources personnel and 494 designers, too.

The company also needs 407 customer service operators, 380 writers, content creators and managers, and 89 audio, video and photography producers.

Where are the Australian jobs?

Amazon has offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. The 330 advertised jobs, most of which are with cloud provider Amazon Web Services, are spread across these cities.

You’ll find most of the Australian roles (254) in Sydney. They range from business and merchant development to account management, but operations, IT and support engineering employees are in greatest demand (60 roles).

Fifty-five Amazon jobs are in Melbourne, with 25 of the roles seeking ‘solutions architects’, where candidates will need experience in data and cloud computing.

There are 21 positions open in Brisbane, with more than half of them advertising for solutions architects.

Why are so many jobs in India?

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is bullish about India and has flagged many areas of growth there.

He visited the country in mid-January and sat with the country head of Amazon India for a fireside chat in front of a summit of small- and medium-sized businesses.

During it, he made a prediction.

“I predict that the 21st-century is going to be the Indian century,” Bezos said.

“The dynamism, energy … everywhere I go here, people are interested in self-improvement, growth. This country has something special. This is going to be the Indian century.”

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