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Amazon creating 5,000 jobs in win for post-Brexit UK

Amazon logoOnline retailer Amazon will create more than 5,000 jobs in Britain this year, the latest tech giant to offer a vote of confidence in the UK as it prepares to leave the EU.

Amazon said the outcome of the June referendum would have no affect on its investment plans. The company’s workforce in Britain will rise to 24,000.

The new jobs – at least 2,000 had been previously announced – will include more roles at its centres in Scotland and follow similar investments from Google, Facebook and Apple which is establishing a new headquarters at the redeveloped Battersea Power Station by 2021.

Snapchat is also setting up a UK HQ and Expedia has announced plans to expand in London, leasing a further 138,000 sq ft of office space in Islington until 2030, where it plans to increase headcount.

Amazon will also launch an apprentice scheme in engineering, logistics and warehousing at fulfilment centres across the country, with three  locations due to open this year in Tilbury, Doncaster and Daventry.

It is adding 10,000 jobs throughout the rest of Europe, taking its workforce across the continent to 50,000.

Doug Gurr, UK country manager for Amazon, said: “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.”

Amazon has a new head office in London and is among a number of companies which have said a factor in their decision to choose the city was the level of technical expertise available.

 

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