NEW DELHI :
Online retailer Amazon on Friday said it plans to add a million jobs in India by 2025, a day after India's trade minister snubbed the company's recent promise of $1 billion in investments in the market.
In a media statement issued by the American retailer on Friday, Amazon said it plans to create these jobs through "continued investments in technology, infrastructure, and its logistics network. The jobs–created both directly and indirectly–will be across industries, including information technology, skill development, content creation, retail, logistics, and manufacturing."
These million jobs will be in addition to the 700,000 jobs Amazon’s investments have enabled over the last six years in India, the statement added.
“We are investing to create a million new jobs here in India over the next five years," Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said in the statement.. “We’ve seen huge contributions from our employees, extraordinary creativity from the small businesses we’ve partnered with, and great enthusiasm from the customers who shop with us—and we’re excited about what lies ahead."
Amazon that is currently facing the ire of small traders who are revolting against steep discounts given by online retailers and is under the lens of India's competition watchdog has had a turbulent week in India, despite the company's founder Jeff Bezos making an unexpected appearance at the retailer's two-day summit held in the capital on Tuesday where he addressed over 3,000 small and medium businesses that work with. Bezos also promised investments in digitising India's MSME's that he said will enable cumulative exports worth $10 billion from India by 2025. In all, these investments will help bring 10 million traders, small and medium businesses online in India.
However, Amazon's announcement drew a lukewarm response from the government.
“They may have put in a billion dollars, but if they make a loss of a billion dollars every year, then jolly well they have to finance that billion dollars. So, it’s not as if they are doing a great favour to India when they invest a billion dollars," trade minister Piyush Goyal said at the Raisina Dialogue held in the capital.
The scope of Amazon's new jobs here includes hiring for roles in software development engineering, cloud computing, content creation, and customer support for Amazon's business in India. “Since 2014, Amazon has grown its employee base more than four times," the company said. The company is likely to also generate employment in areas like logistics, engineering and facilities management, packaging, and customer fulfillment, the statement added.