Amazon to create 1,000 'Silicon Valley jobs' in UK

Mae Love
October 21, 2018

Doug Gurr, Amazon's United Kingdom country manager, described the new roles as "Silicon Valley jobs in Britain".

Amazon on Thursday announced plans to increase its United Kingdom staffing levels by some 1,000 new roles.

The six-storey, 90,000 sq ft site is expected to create at least 600 new roles in the city. That means more than 20,000 people work in its 17 "fulfilment centres", or warehouses, and 40 delivery stations in the UK.Earlier this month Amazon came under fire for cutting benefits for UK warehouse workers, partly offsetting recent pay rises.It has also reported more than 440 health and safety incidents at its UK warehouses since 2015, according to Freedom of Information requests submitted by the GMB union.

Liam Fox, secretary of state for global trade, called the expansions an "enormous vote of confidence in the United Kingdom, and a signal to the world that the United Kingdom is very much open for business".

"These are Silicon Valley jobs in Britain, and further cement our long-term commitment to the United Kingdom".

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The company is also seeking to increase the number of staff working at its development centres in Edinburgh and Cambridge, where 250 and 180 new workers will be hired respectively. The roles will mainly be in research and development, it was said.

Meanwhile, the new roles available in the Cambridge Development Centre will focus on developing innovations for Alexa, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the Amazon drone programme Prime Air.

"Since developing the world's first stored program computer, Manchester has continued to pioneer when it comes to computer science, software programming and development - making it the ideal business destination for global brands like Amazon".

Sheppard Robson has been appointed as the designer of the Hanover development for Amazon. In total Amazon now has over 100 buildings to run its businesses and deliver goods and services to customers.

Amazon's investment in United Kingdom innovation enables businesses large and small to boost their productivity and reach millions of customers around the world.

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