Amazon says it is to create more than 10,000 new permanent jobs in the UK this year, taking its total workforce in the country to more than 55,000 people. Amazon also announced that it will invest £10m (US$14m) over three years to train up to 5,000 employees in new skills.
The jobs will include roles at its corporate offices, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and operations network. The latter will also see the addition of a new fulfillment center in Hinckley, East Midlands, this summer, creating 700 new permanent jobs. The company will also open a parcel receiving center in Doncaster and new fulfillment centers in Dartford, Gateshead and Swindon that will each create more than 1,300 permanent jobs
UK Government Business Secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, commented, “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 with a whopping 10,000 new permanent jobs. As we build back better from the pandemic, this is a prime investment in our retail sector.
“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.”