Amazon, the online retailer, has announced it will create 5,000 new jobs in the UK this year, a significant investment in the country and further evidence that Britain's tech sector is going from strength to strength.
Amazon's new head office is due to open in London in late 2017. Its development centres, where technology for drone delivery and its Alexa voice assistant is being worked on, will be operated from this centre.
Amazon will also open three new fulfilment centres in UK locations later this year – Tilbury, Doncaster and Daventry – when it launches its new apprentice scheme for young people in engineering, logistics and warehousing. The company has also committed to giving digital skills training to young people and ex-military personnel.
Amazon UK country manager, Doug Gurr, says: “We are creating thousands of new UK jobs including hundreds of apprenticeship opportunities as we continue to innovate for our customers and provide them with even faster delivery, more selection and better value.
"We are hiring for all types of roles from flight test engineers, software engineers and corporate managers in our development centres and head office, to operations managers, supervisors, engineers, service technicians, HR roles and order fulfilment roles in our fulfilment centres, " he adds. "We are also proud to empower many thousands of others to work alongside Amazon in serving our customers – from Marketplace sellers to Flex delivery drivers to Kindle Direct Publishing authors.”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who will visit five major European cities next month to declare that the capital remains the number-one destination for investment, business and tourism, comments: “Amazon’s commitment to London will deliver new jobs and growth for the economy and offers further proof of our status as a world-class destination for global technology businesses.
"Home to some of the world’s top tech talent, London is Europe’s leading technology hub. Amazon’s continued growth in our city is another sign that London remains open to innovation, entrepreneurship and investment from all over the world.”
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