Amazon to create 4,000 new UK jobs

·Finance Reporter, Yahoo Finance UK
·2-min read
A worker on a motorised trolley passes thousands of items on high level racking at Amazon's fulfillment centre in Swansea, in the run up to Black Friday.
Amazon's newly-announced jobs will take its total UK workforce to 75,000. Photo: PA

Amazon (AMZN) plans to create more than 4,000 new permanent jobs in the UK this year despite the global slowdown.

It said the move, which would include roles in new warehouses in Wakefield and Knowsley, would make it one of the UK's top 10 private sector employers.

The jobs will be permanent and bring the company's total UK staff to 75,000. That is more than people than the UK army currently employs.

The new hires this year will vault the company into the top 10 private sector employers in the UK, alongside the likes of John Lewis and Alliance Boots.

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The jobs announced on Friday include roles in corporate and technology functions in software development, product management and engineering, as well as in operations teams.

“We’re continuing to invest in talent right across the UK, from apprentices in Swansea to data scientists in Edinburgh,” John Boumphrey, Amazon UK country manager, said.

“People join us not just for the wide variety of roles, great pay and benefits, but for the career development opportunities we provide.

“Applicants recognise we are an employer that offers great development potential, and we are proud to have so many employees growing and taking the opportunity to learn new skills that will create paths to new jobs at Amazon and beyond.”

Amazon's thousands of new UK roles will be split between warehouse work, corporate work in London and Manchester, and technology work in Edinburgh and Cambridge.

The online retail giant is also creating new jobs at its Fresh Stores that use Just Walk Out technology, with 19 open across the UK, including the first outside London in Sevenoaks, Kent.

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The hiring comes after the company created 2,500 UK jobs in 2021 as the COVID pandemic gave online shopping a boost.

Amazon also opened four new warehouses across the UK in 2021.

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