Amazon to create 7000 new UK jobs in 2020 in major “vote of confidence”

Amazon is set to create 10,000 jobs in the UK this year in a “clear vote of confidence in the UK economy”.

Amazon is set to extend its UK workforce to over 40,000 by the end of the year, hiring 7000 new employees across more than 50 sites, adding to the 3000 it has already hired in 2020.

These include three new state-of-the-art fulfilment centres in Darlington, Durham and Sutton-in-Ashfield which will create over 1000 permanent roles each.

The robotic fulfilment centres in Durham and Sutton-in-Ashfield are due to launch in the autumn, while the site in Darlington has been operating since May.

Aside from warehouse teams hired to pick and pack items, Amazon is hiring thousands of engineers, HR and IT professionals alongside health and safety and finance specialists.

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Amazon says all full time, part time and temporary employees will earn a minimum of £9.50 per hour outside of London, rising to £10.50 inside the city, alongside benefits including medical insurance, life assurance and employee discount.

A further 20,000 seasonal workers are set to be hired ahead of the holiday season.

“While this has been a challenging time for many businesses, it is hugely encouraging to see Amazon creating 10,000 jobs in the UK this year,” business secretary Alok Sharma said.

“This is not only great news for those looking for a new job, but also a clear vote of confidence in the UK economy as we build back better from the pandemic. The government remains deeply committed to supporting retailers of all sizes and we continue to work closely with the industry as we embark on the road to economic recovery.”

Amazon’s vice president of European customer fulfilment Stefano Perego added: “Our people have played a critical role in serving customers in these unprecedented times and the new roles will help us continue to meet customer demand and support small and medium sized businesses selling on Amazon.

“The new state-of-the-art robotics fulfilment centres in the North East and the Midlands, as well as the thousands of additional roles at sites across the country, underline our commitment to the people and communities in which we operate.

“We are employing thousands of talented individuals in a diverse range of good jobs from operations managers and tech professionals through to people to handle customer orders.”

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