Amazon is offering up to £3,000 for workers to join before festive season

Amazon is offering £3,000 to new staff in Devon to combat the growing number of unfilled job vacancies in the South West.

The worker shortage in the region has recently hit a record high and has prompted the ecommerce giant to offer a “signing on bonus” for a warehouse worker in Exeter.

The bonus will be alongside the hourly pay of anywhere between £10-£20 an hour and is open until the end of October, the company said.

The offer is aimed at attracting a full-time picker/packer, to sort and dispatch parcels, with no qualifications or experience necessary.

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Amazon will also pay for any travel requirements needed for the new recruit to travel to the depot in Exeter.

The news comes despite the fact that the number of people claiming benefits in the South West has fallen by a third year-on-year.

Data from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) revealed that 124,477 people claimed Universal Credit (UC) payments in the region in August 2021, down by 59,280 from the same month last year, a 32 per cent reduction.

Across the country, the number of workers employed and on company payrolls has surged by more than 120,000 above pre-pandemic levels following record figures last month.

Job vacancies in the UK have also remained above a million for the second month running, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

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