The tech giant will also be looking to create a number of corporate roles across Cambridge, Edinburgh, London, and Manchester. 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.
The move has been welcomed by Business Secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng who called it a “huge vote of confidence in the British economy.” He said that Amazon was making a “prime investment in our retail sector,” which will “open up a wide range of opportunities for even more workers.”
The coronavirus pandemic has forced a huge shift to online shopping, a move from which Amazon has greatly benefited. The company’s profits tripled in the first three months of the year to $8.1bn (£5.76bn), up from $2.5bn a year ago.