Amazon to hire 1000 staff for new UK distribution centre in welcome boost for retail sector

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Amazon is building a new 1.75 million sq ft distribution centre in Nottinghamshire creating more than 1000 jobs.

In what a local district councillor called the “biggest single private sector investment in the district… maybe ever”, Amazon has purchased a site the size of 22 football pitches.

The site, situated near Sutton-in-Ashfield, remained unused for over a decade before Amazon purchased it last year.

It is now hiring employees for the site, which has been under construction since last year.

READ MORE: Amazon doubles profits during lockdown posting best quarter in its history

“We are excited to continue our expansion in the East Midlands, creating a further 1,000 permanent roles,” Amazon UK’s Yonatan Gal.

“As well as providing competitive wages and benefits, we have also invested heavily to create the safest working environment.”

It comes as more than 25,000 retail roles have been cut during the coronavirus pandemic as the already struggling high street was forced to shut down for months.

Meanwhile Amazon continued to extend its already staggering market dominance, enjoying its best ever quarter during lockdown, seeing its profits double and hit their highest level on record.

Amazon’s sales jumped 40 per cent to $88.9 billion during its second quarter helping it achieve a net income of $5.2 billion.

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