Amazon has opened its first UK corporate office outside of London in Manchester creating 600 jobs in the city.
The online retail giant has demonstrated that it is undeterred by threats of a new ‘digital tax’ and invested in a new 90,000sq ft office in the city’s Northern Quarter, which opens today.
It will eventually employee 600 employees from both its retail arm and Amazon Web Services operations, including software engineers, applied scientists and “solutions architects”.
This will mean Amazon employs 6000 people in the Greater Manchester area, working across three fulfilment centres, sorting site and three delivery centres.
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To mark the opening Amazon is launching a new Future Engineering Bursary helping to support undergraduates from low-income backgrounds to study computer science.
“I am delighted we’re opening our first corporate office in the North of England today,” Amazon’s UK country manager Doug Gurr said.
“Manchester offers an incredible talent pool, a thriving hub of fast-growing UK tech start-ups and is a centre of academic and intellectual excellence.
“We are already actively hiring from a range of skill-sets for our new Manchester office, so if you’ve always wanted to build the future, come build it with us.”