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Amazon unveils plans to create 5,000 full time jobs in UK

RBR Staff Writer Published 21 February 2017

Online retail giant Amazon has unveiled plans to create more than 5,000 new full-time jobs this year at its UK operations, increasing the total workforce in the country to 24,000.

The company said people with varied types of education, skill levels and experience will be eligible for the new job opportunities.

The hiring will be done for different roles such as engineers, software developers and technicians from entry-level to on-the-job training.

Apart from creating jobs, Amazon claims that it will create an atmosphere for entrepreneurs and individuals who want to start their own business or earn extra money, through platforms like Amazon Marketplace, Amazon Logistics, and Amazon Flex.

Amazon UK Country Manager Doug Gurr said: “We are creating thousands of new UK jobs including hundreds of apprenticeship opportunities as we continue to innovate for our customers and provide them with even faster delivery, more selection and better value.

“We are hiring for all types of roles from flight test engineers, software engineers and corporate managers in our development centres and head office, to operations managers, supervisors, engineers, service technicians, HR roles and order fulfilment roles in our fulfilment centres.”

More than 1,500 of the new jobs will be allocated to the development centres and AWS by the year end.

The new apprenticeship opportunities from Amazon will be at its UK fulfilment centres in engineering, warehousing and logistics roles.

Amazon UK is also set to inaugurate a new head office in the year Shoreditch, East London. The facility will be a 600,000ft2 15-storied building with an adjacent residential tower.

Image: Employee Picking at Eighth Generation FC. Photo: courtesy of Amazon.com, Inc.