Amazon offers a permanent job to 125,000 of the 175,000 people who were temporarily employed in the United States to handle the corona print. The company reports Thursday. The move would indicate that the web store giant has managed to hold on to the sales peak, while government measures have eased somewhat.

The other 30 percent of the temporary staff keep the seasonal contracts for a maximum of eleven months.

In March, Amazon launched a campaign to hire a lot of people as soon as possible. The company specifically addressed unemployed people from sectors where the blows fell, such as the catering industry. The idea at the time was still clear to offer the jobs "until everything is back to normal".

Amazon was recently under fire because, according to unions, among others, it endangered the health of personnel, by keeping all centers open during the pandemic. According to one employee, some 800 employees from the US have tested positive for the virus. The company has not responded to those numbers, but has stepped up cleaning and offers mouth masks, and fever and virus tests.

At the end of the first quarter, the number of Amazon part-time and full-time employees was 840,400. It is not known whether all newly hired people have been added to this.

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