Amazon to hire 10,000 new UK staff in latest major recruitment drive

Amazon is hiring 10,000 new permanent staff in the UK across a range of role as it launches its latest major recruitment drive.

The retailer is creating thousands of roles across its corporate offices, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and operations network divisions throughout the UK, offering a minimum of £10.80 per hour in London and £9.70 outside London.

The corporate roles will be available at its offices in London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Cambridge and span a range of fields including fashion, digital marketing and software development.

Amazon says it is also opening a brand-new parcel receive centre and four new fulfilment centres creating thousands of new permanent roles in engineering, HR, IT and finance, alongside pick and pack roles.

This recruitment drive is being matched in the US and Canada, where Amazon has announced plans to hire a further 75,000 permanent warehouse and transport workers.

The retailer is reportedly offering sign-on bonuses of $100 to new workers who have already been vaccinated.

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Last year, the pandemic driven online boom saw Amazon hire a whopping 400,000 new staff, including around 10,000 in the UK.

This new hiring frenzy will see Amazon’s UK workforce rise to 55,000.

Just a week after reporting another runaway sales quarter, Amazon says its latest recruitment drive has been launched to meet continuing demand driven by the pandemic.

Amazon is understood to be offering sign-on bonuses of up to $1000 in some US locations to attract new staff, who will receive a base rate of $17 per hour, significantly above the $7.25 national minimum wage.

Despite the relatively generous pay the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), which recently led an unsuccessful unionisation drive for Amazon workers in Alabama, said this wasn’t enough.

“Amazon has to keep hiring because of the extraordinary turnover at all of its warehouses,” RWDSI president Stuart Appelbaum said.

“No matter what they pay people, it doesn’t compensate for the way they treat people and the unsatisfactory working conditions at Amazon facilities – and people keep leaving these jobs.”

It comes as food services workers across the US are protesting against working conditions and low wages, in many cases leaving fast food restaurants like Wendy’s, McDonalds and Chipotle closed with nothing but signs explaining the walk-out to customers.

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