Amazon to create thousands of jobs at new fulfilment centres over next two years
Online retail giant Amazon is to create more than 2,000 permanent jobs in the UK over the next two years with the opening of three new fulfilment centres.
The announcement comes as the retailer opens its eighth UK fulfilment centre in Hemel Hempstead which will create 600 new permanent jobs. Up to 3,000 temporary jobs will also be created at the three new fulfilment centres during the Christmas peak periods.
"We have created thousands of jobs in the UK over the last few years and are delighted to announce that we plan to create thousands more in the next 24 months," said Christopher North, managing director of Amazon.co.uk Ltd. "Our recruitment team has been exceptionally busy recently hiring hundreds of employees at the Hemel Hempstead fulfilment centre and they will certainly be busy over the next couple of years as we continue to expand to provide customers with the best possible experience. We look forward to welcoming thousands of new recruits to the Amazon team."
Opportunities at the new centres will include roles in HR, IT, facilities management, learning and development and a number of operational management areas.
Prime Minister David Cameron said: "I am delighted that Amazon will create thousands of new jobs. This is great news, not only for those individuals who will find work, but for the UK economy. This shows that the UK has the infrastructure and talent to continue to attract major investments from leading companies such as Amazon."
Amazon said the decision to open the 450,000 sq ft fulfilment centre in Hemel Hempstead and three further fulfilment centres by the end of 2014 is part of the company’s on-going mission to provide the best availability and the widest selection of products for its customers.
Other fulfilment centres include Marston Gate, Doncaster, Peterborough and Rugeley in England, Dunfermline and Gourock in Scotland and Swansea Bay in Wales.
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