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Amazon announces 1000 new jobs

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Amazon has announced plans to create 1000 new permanent jobs across the UK this year, on top of the 2500 it had announced in January.

The news comes just as the online retail giant prepares to celebrate one year of Prime Now, and brings the company's total new jobs to 3500 in 2016 alone.

By the end of the year, Amazon expects to have over 15,500 employees in the UK, with offices in London, Cambridge and Edinburgh.

“We are creating thousands of new jobs to continue to deliver the experience our customers know and love during the festive season and beyond," Amazon UK country manager Doug Gurr said.

"We are hiring for all types of roles from software engineers, computer programmers and corporate managers in our R&D centres and head office, to operations managers, engineers, service technicians, HR roles and order fulfilment roles in our fulfilment centres.”

The jobs announcement coincided with the release of Amazon UK's bi-annual shopping and entertainment trends report, which highlights popular products from its selection of more than 150 million items across more than 35 product categories. 

Prime Now will also celebrate one year next week, with Amazon boasting its fast delivery service now reaches 30 per cent of the UK population.

“One year ago we reinvented fast delivery with the launch of the Prime Now app that makes it easy for customers to discover over 15,000 items for one-hour delivery, or select a same-day delivery slot at no extra charge,” Gurr said.

“We’ve delivered on our promise to rollout quickly with the service available to millions of people from Newcastle to Portsmouth, and we’re continuing to invest to bring ultra-fast delivery to more and more of the UK.”

Published on Thursday 07 July by Elias Jahshan

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