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Amazon employees to make a quick buck thanks to hiring incentives



Employees of the e-commerce company will be raking in the cash as Amazon introduces bonuses and pay rises to entice job seekers.

Amazon provides cash incentives to hire more employees

Amazon employees in the US can look forward to bigger paychecks as the company increases the average wage.

Back in May, the e-commerce platform paid their employees an average of $17 per hour but these new changes will see pays increase by more than $18.

While some may see the pay rise as a small jump, the increase will cost the company an extra six percent in payroll.

Aside from growing paychecks, all the rave surrounds the $3,000 cash bonuses some locations are signing their employees.

And for those who won’t see their wallets filled with instant cash, Dave Bozeman, Vice President of Amazon Delivery Services says they may be entitled to triple of what the company offered them three months prior.

Calling all job seekers

The e-commerce company is also looking to employ 125 thousand staff for their warehouse and transportation departments.

The roles on offer are both full-time and part-time, with the need for workers coming from the company’s need to keep up with consumer demand.

The changes come at a time where big companies work to lower the unemployment rate across the US. 

As financial assistant incentives expire across the country, Amazon is hoping that job seekers will use the opportunity to join their forever growing team.

They’re using their competitive pay rates to do this, as Amazon works to keep their top spot as the second-biggest private employer in the US.

Written by Rebecca Borg


EU plans to force USB-C chargers for all phones



EU plans to make USB-C connectors the standard port for all smartphones and tablets, angering Apple

The European Commission rules to force manufacturers to create a universal charging solution for phones and small electronic devices. The European Commission is aiming to have a common charging port for all mobile phones, tablets, cameras, headphones, and handheld videogame consoles.

The ruling has been in the making for a decade, with environmental concerns the main driving force behind the historic move.

Reducing waste

The rule will reduce waste by encouraging consumers to re-use existing chargers when buying a new device. Politicians have been pushing for this uni9versal charging rule for over a decade.

Disposed and unused charging cables generate approximately 11,000 tonnes of waste per year.  Research shows the average person owns around three mobile phone chargers.

A decade ago there were about 30 different types of chargers, now, phones use either USB-C, lightning, and USB micro-B.

Rotten Apple

The move would see all smartphones in the EU sold with the same charger, a motion Apple is not happy about. The tech giant says this move would damage ongoing innovation.

The tech giant is the main manufacturer of smartphones using a custom charging port, as its iPhone series uses an Apple-made “Lightning” connector. Apple argues its Lightning connector is used by one billion active iPhone users.

“We remain concerned that strict regulation mandating just one type of connector stifles innovation rather than encouraging it, which in turn will harm consumers in Europe and around the world,”

Apple spokesperson

The proposed changes would apply to the charging port on the device body and will also standardise charging speeds. It may be a number of years before the proposals come into effect.

It will be thoroughly debated by the European Parliament and national Governments.

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Trade war fires up as U.S companies pass tariffs onto consumers



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The trade war between the United States and China is continuing to heat up, but this hasn’t stopped American businesses from leaving the Chinese mainland

This all follows the US implementing tariffs on billions of dollars worth of Chinese consumer products in a bid to bring manufacturing back to American shores.

A new report has found this is hurting the US economy and has not been successful in pressuring China to change any of its economic policies.

Meanwhile, businesses based in either China and America have remained “deeply integrated” with the other… with foreign investment into China hitting a record high of US$144.4 billion in 2020.

This comes as Joe Biden moves to review US policy towards China, including the previous policies of Donald Trump.

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Energy prices soar for Europeans as winter chill approaches



There are growing concerns for European residents as energy prices continue to skyrocket in the lead-up to winter

The wholesale prices of natural gas in Britain, France, Spain, Germany and Italy have reached record highs, with overall household bills now through the roof.

This all comes as the continent braces for a cold winter and fuel is needed for increased electricity generation.

Meanwhile, the Europen Consumer Organisation warns it has seen a huge price increase… saying “It’s worrying ahead of the winter when gas consumption will necessarily increase.”

This latest price hike is being caused by a number of factors… including a depletion of natural gas stockpiles during a cold spring and a growing demand for gas in China.

Russia is also supplying less gas to the market than it ever has before.

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