Amazon to Hire 10,000 UK Workers.
US tech giant Amazon is to go on a hiring spree in the UK as online shopping continues to boom in the pandemic. Amazon is to hire 10,000 UK employees as it opens more warehouses in the north and south of England. The BBC are reporting that Amazon are also creating a number of corporate roles in Cambridge, Edinburgh, London and Manchester.
Amazon to Hire More UK Workers
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said the move was “a huge vote of confidence in the British economy”.
The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated a trend towards online shopping, and tech giants such as Amazon have reaped the benefits.
Now the firm, which has previously denied allegations of poor working conditions, is further entrenching its position in the UK. The addition of 10,000 new roles, including thousands in its warehouses, will take its UK workforce to more than 55,000 by the end of the year.
Amazon said pay for operations roles was £9.70 per hour, or £10.80 in London, with other benefits. Its profits tripled in the first three months of the year to $8.1bn (£5.76bn), up from $2.5bn a year ago.
The online retail giant will open new “fulfilment” warehouses in Dartford, Gateshead, Hinckley and Swindon, and a “parcel receive” warehouse in Doncaster.
It will recruit in its offices for roles in fashion, digital marketing, engineering, video production, software development, cloud computing, AI and machine learning.
The company will also be recruiting for its Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing business and its operations network.
Mr Kwarteng said Amazon was making a “prime investment in our retail sector”, which will “open up a wide range of opportunities for even more workers”.