- Amazon is set to pay UK warehouse workers a £50 ($US69 ($AU94)) bonus if they turn up on time for work.
- At least 2 sites in Northern England will pay the weekly bonus, the BBC reported.
- The company said the reward was in order to support demand for the summer and festive seasons.
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Amazon will pay some of its UK staff a weekly £50 ($US69 ($AU94)) bonus if they turn up for all of their shifts on time.
The marketplace giant will offer the payment to full-time staff who rack up 100% attendance. However, it will still apply if they have had to take sick leave or isolate due to COVID-19, according to the BBC.
Amazon will pay the bonus to its warehouse workers at two northern England sites in Durham and Gateshead.
An Amazon spokesperson confirmed to Insider that company is paying the bonus in order to support summer demand and prepare for peak, the period between Black Friday and Christmas.
On Wednesday new Amazon CEO Andy Jassy announced plans to recruit 55,000 workers worldwide in tech and corporate roles.
In May the company also promised $US1,000 ($AU1,357) starting bonuses in an attempt to recruit 75,000 warehouse and logistics workers across the US and Canada. In August the company revealed a similar plan for new UK starters.
Companies have been upping worker pay and offering bonuses for new starters in a bid to attract candidates amid an ongoing labour shortage.
Haulage firms in the UK and US have also been struggling to hire workers which has left some facing a shortfall in supply.
The UK supermarket chain Tesco offered new lorry drivers £1,000 ($US1,381 ($AU1,874)) starting bonus to lure new applicants. Dairy company Arla offered new delivery drivers £2,000 ($US2,761 ($AU3,747)) after not being able to deliver milk to 600 stores.
A report by KPMG suggested that starting wages rose sharply in the UK in July as firms scrambled to recruit and retain new starters, to an index rate of 73.2 and 66.7, from 66 and 61.6 in June