Amazon is set to increase its European operations with 15,000 jobs by the end of 2017. Its current workforce of 50,000 will expand to 65,000.
The new jobs on offer are for various positions including:
- Corporate managers
- Software developers
- Fulfilment centre roles.
Several fulfilment centres are already under construction in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain.
These new Amazon jobs confirm the company’s intentions to continue its expansion in Europe. In 2016, 10,000 jobs were created as Amazon Business and the Amazon Dash button were introduced into the European market.
5,000 New Amazon Jobs Set for the UK
As part of this latest Amazon expansion, 5,000 jobs will be created in the UK. The UK market is Amazon’s second biggest outside the US, behind Germany.
Around 500 of these roles will be in Amazon’s headquarters in London and also at Edinburgh and Cambridge.
Edinburgh is home to Amazon’s customer service centre whilst Cambridge is where the company’s new research and development centre is situated. It has been involved in the technological development of Alexa, Amazon delivery drones and Prime Video.
The remaining 4,500 roles will be in Amazon’s warehouses across the country. In total, this latest recruitment drive will take Amazon’s UK workforce to over 24,000.
Doug Gurr, Head of Amazon’s UK business, says:
“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.”
Once the new fulfilment centres are constructed in Tilbury, Doncaster and Daventry, Amazon will be able to deliver faster delivery options across the country. In addition, it will operate deliveries for third party retailers who sell via Amazon’s website.