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Amazon’s UK workforce set to top 27,500 as it plans to hire 2,500 staff this year

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Amazon said today that it would create 2,500 permanent jobs in the UK this year. It says it is investing in British research and development as it looks to meet growing customer demand for products and services from AmazonFresh and Amazon Business to Prime Now and Amazon Echo.

More than 650 of the jobs will be in Amazon’s development centres and at Amazon Web Services, while it is also hiring for roles in its head office and fashion photography studios in London Development centres in Cambridge, Edinburgh and London and customer service centre in Edinburgh.

“The UK is a fantastic place to do business so we are delighted to continue our investment in the British economy and provide quality, permanent roles for people the length and breadth of the country,” said UK country manager Doug Gurr. “Whether you are looking for an entry-level role or in highly-specialised fields such as speech science or machine learning we are proud to be expanding our UK workforce so we can further improve our products and services like AmazonFresh, Prime Video and Amazon Alexa.”

Amazon’s London development centre, in Shoreditch, has focused on research and development for Amazon’s global Prime Video service since it opened earlier this year. This year’s hirings will bring to £9.3bn the amount that Amazon says it has invested in its UK operations since 2010.

Chancellor Philip Hammond said: “Supporting businesses to create the high-quality jobs of the future is a key part of our plan to create an economy that works for everyone. Innovative companies such as Amazon will be a the forefront of our new economy. And I welcome the news they are creating 2,500 permanent, new jobs across the country. It’s a clear vote of confidence in our workforce and our economy.”

The retailer is also taking on 170 apprentices in fulfilment centres across the UK in roles that it says provide an alternative to university or college courses. 

Image courtesy of Amazon.

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