Amazon creating 7,000 new permanent jobs in the UK

Amazon is to create 7,000 new permanent UK jobs by the end of the year, the online retail giant has announced.

The company said the recruitment was on top of 3,000 already added this year taking the total for 2020 to 10,000.

Amazon said it has also taken on thousands of people whose jobs were affected by the coronavirus crisis – and many of these will now move be able to into the new permanent positions.

It comes after Tesco said it would add 16,000 new roles as it benefits from a surge in online demand – and in contrast to the gloom facing the high street with shop vacancies now at their highest level for six years.

The announcement was welcomed by business secretary Alok Sharma.

He said: “While this has been a challenging time for many businesses, it is hugely encouraging to see Amazon creating 10,000 jobs in the UK this year.”

Amazon’s latest recruitment drive will take its total permanent UK workforce to more than 40,000.

It has also already started recruiting for 20,000 seasonal positions for the run-up to Christmas.

The company, which has faced criticism over workplace conditions at its warehouses, said pay rates would start at £9.50 an hour across the capital and £10.50 in London.

Amazon said the 7,000 new jobs would be added at more than 50 sites, including corporate offices and fulfilment centres.

They will include people handling customer orders as well as engineers plus HR and IT roles.

Amazon said that many of the new jobs would be created at state-of-the-art centres in Darlington, Durham and Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, with each accounting for 1,000 roles.

The Darlington site began operating in May and the other two will launch later this autumn, the company said.

Stefano Perego, Amazon’s vice president of European customer fulfilment, said: “Our people have played a critical role in serving customers in these unprecedented times and the new roles will help us continue to meet customer demand and support small and medium sized businesses selling on Amazon.”

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