Amazon will provide an additional 1,000 R&D job roles in the UK with the opening of a new office in Manchester and expansion of existing offices in Edinburgh and Cambridge.
The tech giant will open a six-storey, 90,000sq foot corporate office in Manchester’s Grade II-listed Hanover Building next year, allowing for an additional 600 job roles in areas such as software development and machine learning.
Expansion of its Edinburgh development centre in the city’s Waverley Building will provide capacity for more than 250 additional jobs. The centre in Cambridge, meanwhile, will be able to host 180 additional roles.
MP Liam Fox said: “Ensuring that the world’s best and brightest companies continue to invest in the UK is at heart of our Global Britain agenda.
“Amazon’s decision to create hundreds of highly-skilled jobs in Manchester, Edinburgh, and Cambridge is an enormous vote of confidence in the UK and a signal to the world that the UK is very much open for business.”
Doug Gurr, UK country manager at Amazon, said: “These are Silicon Valley jobs in Britain, and further cement our long-term commitment to the UK.”
“We don’t yet know exactly what the rules are going to be. We will wait and see what happens and adapt as necessary.”
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The 250 new Edinburgh roles will join the software engineers, machine learning scientists, and UX designers who currently work on advertising technology and personalised shopping recommendations.
The Cambridge development centre houses R&D teams that work on AWS, machine learning and retail systems, Amazon devices, the Alexa virtual assistant, and Prime Air, the company’s planned drone delivery service.
Amazon trialed Prime Air deliveries for two Cambridgeshire-based customers back in December 2016. It demoed drone delivery in the US a few months later.