Amazon creating 10,000 new UK jobs this year

Amazon is set to create 10,000 jobs in the UK this year, expanding its workforce to over 40,000 by the end of the year.

The tech giant plans to hire 7,000 new employees across more than 50 sites, adding to the 3,000 it has already hired this year.

The sites include three new fulfilment centres in Darlington, Durham and Sutton-in-Ashfield, which will create over 1,000 permanent roles each. The robotic warehouses in Durham and Sutton-in-Ashfield are due to launch in the autumn, while the Darlington site has been operating since May.

Amazon is also hiring thousands of engineers, HR and IT professionals, alongside health and safety and finance specialists.

The company stated that all full time, part time and temporary employees will earn a minimum of £9.50 per hour outside of London, rising to £10.50 inside the city - along with medical insurance, life assurance and employee discounts.

A further 20,000 seasonal workers will be appointed ahead of the golden quarter.

Stefano Perego, vice president of European customer fulfilment at Amazon, stated: “The new state-of-the-art robotics fulfilment centres in the North East and the Midlands, as well as the thousands of additional roles at sites across the country, underline our commitment to the people and communities in which we operate.

“We are employing thousands of talented individuals in a diverse range of good jobs from operations managers and tech professionals through to people to handle customer orders.”

Business secretary Alok Sharma added: “This is not only great news for those looking for a new job, but also a clear vote of confidence in the UK economy as we build back better from the pandemic."

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