Amazon will create more than 10,000 new permanent jobs this year as it opens four new CFCs up and down the country.
The e-commerce giant’s new fulfilment centre in Hinckley, East Midlands will create 700 new jobs when it opens this summer, with CFCs in Dartford, Gateshead and Swindon each creating more than 1,300 permanent jobs when they open later this year. A parcel receive centre in Doncaster will create hundreds more roles when it launches in the coming months.
The remainder of the roles will be at Amazon’s corporate offices in London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Cambridge, in its Amazon Web Services cloud computing arm and across its operations network.
Jobs at its CFCs include roles in engineering, HR and IT, health and safety, finance and picking, packing and shipping customer orders.
“We’re creating thousands of good jobs across the UK from a diverse range of roles with excellent pay and benefits,” said Amazon’s UK country manager John Boumphrey.
Pay for full-time, part-time, temporary and seasonal roles in Amazon’s fulfilment centres, sort centres and delivery stations starts at a minimum of £10.80 per hour in London and £9.70 per hour elsewhere. Employees are offered a comprehensive benefits package, the company said, including private medical insurance, life assurance, income protection and pension plan.
Business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng called Amazon’s announcement “a huge vote of confidence in the British economy”.
“Over the past year, Amazon’s workforce have pulled out all the stops to ensure consumers have had safe access to goods during this challenging time. Their latest investment will open up a wide range of opportunities for even more workers, helping to develop the skills needed to power tomorrow’s economy,” he added.
Amazon is also launching a £10m scheme to train up to 5,000 employees in new skills over the next three years.
This training will be offered through Amazon’s Career Choice programme, where the company pays course fees for its employees who have expressed an interest in pursuing a career outside the company.
“We’re proud of the front-line roles we offer across Amazon, and we also know they will be a stepping stone for some in their career journey. For people whose ambitions fall outside of our company, we are pleased to support them by paying for training and academic courses that can get them to where they want to be,” Boumphrey said.
To date, Amazon has created more than 40,000 jobs and invested over £23bn in its UK operations since 2010. The company said the new jobs being created this year would take its total workforce to more than 55,000 by the end of the year.