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January 24, 2016updated 31 Aug 2016 9:42am

Amazon to add 2500 more jobs in the UK

News: The new hiring is part of company’s European expansion plan.

By CBR Staff Writer

Amazon plans to create more than 2500 permanent jobs in the UK. With this move, the number of employees in the country will increase to 14,500 by the end of 2016.

These jobs will be for its head office in London, its research and development centres in Edinburgh, Cambridge and London and at warehouses across the UK.

In addition to this, the company will also be hiring personnel for its data centres in Frankfurt and Dublin which are due to launch in the next year.

Amazon business secretary, Sajid Javid, said: "Amazon’s continued investment in the UK is very welcome news and a further demonstration that the UK is a great destination for innovative industries to invest and do business."

"These new permanent jobs will build on the UK’s record levels of employment and give added security to working people across the country – from app developers in Edinburgh to fashion photographers in London."

Apart from investing in the UK, Amazon also has plans to build new infrastructure to support its growing cloud-computing business in Europe. Amazon Europe has a total workforce of about 40,000, out of which 10,000 were added last year, and also wants to create thousands more in 2016.

As part of its investment in Europe, Amazon is hiring software development engineers across its European research and development centres.

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The engineers will work to strengthen its retail website, mobile apps, digital media, devices and device software such as voice recognition technology, Prime Air, and cloud services. These European centres include Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain, and the UK.

Amazon EU Retail, vice president Xavier Garambois said: "We are seeing stronger demand than ever from our customers all across Europe, and we see lots more opportunity across Amazon’s businesses to invent and invest for the future."

"We created over 10,000 new jobs in 2015 and plan to create several thousand more in 2016 at all education, experience and skill levels, from speech and linguistic scientists to digital media experts to fulfilment centre and customer service associates."

Amazon has also started Career Choice, an initiative for adult education programme. According to Amazon, more than 1,000 employees at Amazon Europe have participated in this programme.

Employees participating in Career Choice can choose from a variety of high-wage, in-demand occupations such as aircraft mechanics, computer-aided design, machine tool technologies, medical lab technologies, nursing, and many other fields.

Amazon EU Operations, vice president, Roy Perticucci said: "We are proud to offer great jobs for people who already have the skills we’re looking for and to help develop people who want to add new skills through our innovative programs like Career Choice."

"We’re planning to add thousands of new jobs in all areas across our European Fulfilment Network in 2016 as we ramp up to meet increased demand from customers and invent in new areas."


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