Amazon: We’re continuing to invest in talent right across the UK

Amazon has announced the company is creating more than 4,000 new permanent roles across the UK, bringing its permanent workforce to 75,000.

This means Amazon will have created 40,000 new jobs in the UK in the past three years. Amazon has invested billions   of pounds across the UK, enabling it to be one of the UK’s most significant job creators in recent years, and is set be one of the ten largest private sector employers in the UK 2 .

In addition to Amazon’s direct employment, the company’s operations are estimated to support more than 410,000 additional jobs. There are now more than 85,000 British small and medium-sized businesses which sell on Amazon, supporting 250,000 jobs across the UK 3 , and more than 160,000 jobs supported in Amazon’s supply chain, according to research by an independent economic consultancy, Keystone.

The company’s new roles are spread across the country, and include new fulfilment centres set to open in Wakefield and Knowsley. Amazon employs people in all parts of the UK, including in many communities identified as needing further investment in the Government’s “levelling up” agenda, such as Bolton, Swansea and Gateshead. Amazon is also creating new jobs at its Fresh Stores using “Just Walk Out” technology with 19 now open across the UK, including the first outside London in Sevenoaks, Kent.

The jobs announced on Friday include roles in corporate and technology functions in Amazon and Amazon Web Services (AWS), including software development, product management, and engineering; as well as jobs in the operations teams in fulfilment centres, sort centres and delivery stations. In addition to Amazon’s permanent employees, the company previously announced the creation of 1,500 new apprenticeships in 2022, across 40 different schemes.

“We’re continuing to invest in talent right across the UK, from apprentices in Swansea to data scientists in Edinburgh. People join us not just for the wide variety of roles, great pay and benefits, but for the career development opportunities we provide,” said John Boumphrey, Amazon UK Country Manager.

“Applicants recognise we are an employer that offers great development potential, and we are proud to have so many employees growing and taking the opportunity to learn new skills that will create paths to new jobs at Amazon and beyond.”

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