Online retail giant Amazon will create more than 5000 new full-time jobs this year at its UK operations, increasing the total workforce in the country to 24,000.
As per the company, people with a wide range of skills, education and experience can now apply for the jobs. Available positions range from software developers, engineers, technicians and for those seeking entry level positions and on-the-job training.
Apart from creating jobs, Amazon claims that it will create a conducive atmosphere for entrepreneurs and individuals who want to start their own business or earn extra money, through platforms like Amazon Marketplace, Amazon Logistics, and Amazon Flex.
Amazon also announced new apprenticeship programme, where hundreds of apprenticeship opportunities were offered in engineering, logistics and warehousing roles at its fulfilment centres across the UK.
Recently, Amazon Web Services started AWS re:Start, a free training and job placement programme in the UK to educate young adults as well as military veterans, reservists, and their spouses, on the latest software development and cloud computing technologies.
Working with QA Consulting, the Prince’s Trust, and the Ministry of Defence (MoD), AWS re:Start brings together AWS Partner Network (APN) partners and customers to offer work placements to 1,000 people as part of the programme.
These initiatives are part of its skills development programme in the UK and Career Choice programme which helps train fulfilment centre employees for in-demand jobs at Amazon and other companies.
Amazon UK country manager Doug Gurr said: “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.
“We are hiring for all types of roles from flight test engineers, software engineers and corporate managers in our development centres and head office, to operations managers, supervisors, engineers, service technicians, HR roles and order fulfilment roles in our fulfilment centres.
“We are also proud to empower many thousands of others to work alongside Amazon in serving our customers – from Marketplace sellers to Flex delivery drivers to Kindle Direct Publishing authors.”
Amazon Europe Customer Fulfilment vice president Roy Perticucci said: “Amazon is committed to creating opportunities with choice and flexibility that appeal to the widest range of individuals, from those that want a full working week to those that just want to work for a few hours.”