Etail giant Amazon has announced plans for a huge UK recruitment drive, bringing its workforce to more than 24,000.
5000 new UK jobs will be created by the retailer, ranging from roles as software developers, engineers and technicians, to entry-level positions which will provide training.
This includes a new apprenticeship programme, helping young employees into full time engineering and logistics roles.
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The roles will cover the whole of the UK, adding staff to development centres in Cambridge, Edinburgh and London, as well as in new centres due to open in Tillbury, Doncaster and Daventry. Staff at these centres will focus on developing things like Prime Air and Amazon Alexa.
A raft of employees will also be hired to work in Amazon’s head office in London, its photography studio in east London, and delivery centres across the UK.
“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, engineers, service technicians and order fulfilment roles,” Amazon UK manager Doug Gurr said.