Amazon to hire 10,000 more UK workers to boost economy

US tech giant Amazon has created 40,000 jobs and invested £23bn in UK since 2010

Amazon has said it is to expand its UK workforce by a further 10,000 people, taking its total headcount to more than 55,000 people by the end of year.

The expansion comes as the pandemic has boosted a shift towards online shopping and tech giants, such as Amazon, have seen the most benefits.

Type of roles 

Amazon is creating a number of corporate roles based in Cambridge, Edinburgh, London and Manchester as it opens more warehouses in the north and south of England.

In a statement, the online giant said it will open new “fulfilment” warehouses in Dartford, Gateshead, Hinckley and Swindon, and a “parcel receive” warehouse in Doncaster.

The company said it will recruit for roles in fashion, digital marketing, engineering, video production, software development, cloud computing, artificial intelligence and machine learning. It will also be recruiting for its Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing business and its operations network.

UK Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said the move was “a huge vote of confidence in the British economy”.

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Employee benefits 

Amazon will invest £10m ($14m, €11m) over three years into a scheme to train 5,000 employees in areas including accountancy, driving heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and software development. 

It said it would do this in order “to meet the UK’s future employment needs outside of Amazon”, in a bid to boost the UK’s economy. The company will also pay 95% of tuition and associated fees for adult education courses, up to £8,000 over four years.

Amazon said the pay for operations roles was £9.70 an hour or £10.80 an hour in London, with other benefits.

Since 2010, Amazon said it has created more than 40,000 jobs and invested over £23bn in its UK operations. Its profits surged in the first three months of the year to $8.1bn, up from $2.5bn a year ago.

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