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Amazon Creating Over 10,000 New Vacancies In The UK This Year

15 May 2021

Amazon Creating Over 10,000 New Vacancies In The UK This Year

Online retailing Brobdingnag Amazon has said it will create over 10,000 new full and part time vacancies in the UK during 2021.

The mammoth recruitment spree will see the company increase its permanent UK headcount by more than 20 per cent, from around 45,000 now to over 55,000 by the end of the year.

The push for thousands of new staff is being driven by the UK public’s insatiable thirst for online shopping during the pandemic.

Amazon UK is to open new fulfilment centres, distribution hubs and parcel-receive centres in Dartford, Doncaster, Gateshead, Hinckley and Swindon this year, creating almost 6,000 of the 10,000 new vacancies in 2021.

Dartford, Doncaster, Gateshead and Swindon are set to benefit from around 1,300 new jobs, whilst there should be a further 700 up for grabs in Hinckley.

In addition, Amazon will also be filling hundreds more jobs within its corporate operations and its Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing division.

A statement from Amazon gave more details on some of those positions and where they will be based:

“Corporate roles will be available in offices in London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Cambridge across a wide range of fields, including: fashion, digital marketing, engineering, video production, software development, cloud computing, artificial intelligence and machine learning.”

“[We will also be] creating thousands of new permanent roles on teams including engineering, HR, IT, health & safety and finance.”

Announcing the recruitment drive, John Boumphrey, Amazon UK’s manager - who joined the firm a decade ago when the retailer employed just 2,500 staff over here - said: “We're creating thousands of good jobs across the UK from a diverse range of roles with excellent pay and benefits.”

“We’re also delighted to be working on a pioneering approach to our Career Choice programme to provide the training, and skilled workers, needed to boost local economies right across the country.”

“We're proud of the frontline roles we offer across Amazon, and we also know that they will be a stepping stone for some in their career journey,” added Mr Boumphrey.

Kwasi Kwarteng, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, welcomed the news, saying: "Amazon's announcement today is fantastic news and a huge vote of confidence in the British economy, helping us deliver on our commitment to level up across the UK."

“Over the past year, Amazon’s workforce have pulled out all the stops to ensure consumers have had safe access to goods during this challenging time. Their latest investment will open up a wide range of opportunities for even more workers, helping to develop the skills needed to power tomorrow’s economy,” added Mr Kwarteng.

The director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, Shevaun Haviland, also commented, saying: "This is a great initiative that will not only help Amazon but also provide a much wider benefit to the community, while showcasing how business can be a force for good.”

"Providing staff with training to plug the skills gaps that exist within the local business community is going to be a key driver to increasing productivity and boosting the economy as the UK recovers from the pandemic," added Ms Haviland.

You can find out more about working for the online retail giant by visiting our company profile for Amazon UK.

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