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Amazon to create 10,000 new UK jobs

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Written by: Emma Lunn
14/05/2021
The online retail giant is creating jobs in fulfilment and parcel receiving centres, as well as hiring for corporate and cloud-computing roles.

The move will take Amazon’s total UK workforce to more than 55,000 people by the end of year. Corporate roles will be available in offices in London, Manchester, Edinburgh, and Cambridge across a wide range of fields including fashion, digital marketing, engineering, video production, software development, cloud computing, AI and machine learning.

A new fulfilment centre will be opened in Hinckley, East Midlands, creating 700 new permanent jobs. The company will also open a parcel receive centre in Doncaster and new fulfilment centres in Dartford, Gateshead, and Swindon that will each create more than 1,300 permanent jobs later this year.

Permanent roles will include those in engineering, HR and IT, health and safety, finance, and those that pick, pack and ship customer orders.

Amazon also announced that it will invest £10m over three years to train to up to 5,000 employees in new skills and support the government’s investment programme.

This training will be offered through Amazon’s Career Choice programme, where the company pays course fees for employees thinking of leaving the company. The Career Choice programme provides funding for adult education and can pre-pay 95% of tuition and other fees for nationally recognised courses, up to £8,000 over four years.

Pay for operations roles at Amazon starts at a minimum of £10.80 an hour in London and £9.70 an hour in other parts of the UK for all full-time, part-time, temporary, and seasonal roles in Amazon’s fulfilment centres, sort centres, and delivery stations.

Business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said: “Amazon’s announcement today is fantastic news and a huge vote of confidence in the British economy, helping us deliver on our commitment to level up across the UK with a whopping 10,000 new permanent jobs. As we build back better from the pandemic, this is a prime investment in our retail sector.

“Over the past year, Amazon’s workforce have pulled out all the stops to ensure consumers have had safe access to goods during this challenging time. Their latest investment will open up a wide range of opportunities for even more workers, helping to develop the skills needed to power tomorrow’s economy.”

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