Amazon is boosting the number of extra helpers it relies on to put gifts under the Christmas tree.
The company said Thursday it will hire 80,000 seasonal employees this year, up from 70,000 last year. Two years ago, it hired only 50,000.
The extra hands will work in the Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) network of fulfillment and sorting centers, where employees locate, pack and ship millions of orders.
Experts are predicting a significant uptick in online shopping this season. The National Retail Federation’s holiday forecast calls for online sales in November and December to be between 8% and 11% more than last year.
The seasonal jobs so far posted to its recruitment site show wages ranging from $10 to $11.50. The company has said the average wage for regular, full-time fulfillment center workers is about $12.