Amazon reveals plans to hire 10,000 UK employees as it grows operations across Britain

The online behemoth, Amazon has revealed plans to hire some 10,000 UK employees as it looks to open more warehouses in the north and south of England. The move arrives as online shopping continues to surge amid the pandemic.
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.”
Amazon will open new fulfilment warehouses in Dartford, Gateshead, Hinckley, and Swindon, with a parcel receive warehouse opening in Doncaster. It will also be recruiting in its offices for roles in fashion, digital marketing, engineering, video production, software developments, cloud computing, AI and machine learning.
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.
Amazon has said it will also invest £10m over three years into a scheme to train 5,000 employees in subjects including accountancy, HGV driving and software development, in a bid to give them transferable skills.
Amazon will pay 95 per cent of tuition and associated fees for adult education courses, up to £8,000 over four years.
Local chambers of commerce will work with Amazon to identify regional skills shortages.
Shevaun Haviland, director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “Providing staff with training to plug the skills gaps that exist within the local business community is going to be a key driver to increasing productivity and boosting the economy as the UK recovers from the pandemic.”
Amazon’s UK Country Manager John Boumphrey said: “We’re proud of the front-line roles we offer across Amazon, and we also know that they will be a stepping stone for some in their career journey.”

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