// Amazon will have 75,000 permanent employees by the end of 2022, and is set to become one of the UK’s ten largest private sector employers
// In addition to the permanent staff, the company is creating 1,500 new apprenticeships in 2022
Amazon will be creating more than 4,000 new permanent roles across the UK, bringing its workforce to 75,000.
This means that the online giant will have created 40,000 new jobs in the UK in the past three years, making it one of the UK’s most significant job creators in recent years, and it is now set be one of the ten largest private sector employers in the UK. In addition to Amazon’s direct employment, the company’s operations are estimated to support more than 410,000 additional jobs.
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The company’s new roles are spread across the country, and include new fulfilment centres set to open in Wakefield and Knowsley.
Amazon is also creating new jobs at its Fresh Stores using “Just Walk Out” technology with 19 now open across the UK, including the first outside London in Sevenoaks, Kent.
The jobs announced today include roles in corporate and technology functions in Amazon and Amazon Web Services (AWS), including software development, product management, and engineering; as well as jobs in the operations teams in fulfilment centres, sort centres and delivery stations.
In addition to Amazon’s permanent employees, the company previously announced the creation of 1,500 new apprenticeships in 2022, across 40 different schemes.“Amazon is proud to be an employer that welcomes people back to the workforce after unemployment, and provides a first job for many, with excellent career growth opportunities,” said the company.
In the first half of 2022, 56% of new hires in the operations division joined Amazon from previous unemployment or directly from education.According to new starters in 2022, pay was the top reason for joining Amazon with 98% of new joiners saying it was important to their decision to join the company.
Amazon’s benefits package includes private medical insurance, life assurance, income protection, and an employee discount – which combined are worth more than £700 annually – as well as a company pension plan.Amazon UK Country Manager John Boumphrey said: “We’re continuing to invest in talent right across the UK, from apprentices in Swansea to data scientists in Edinburgh. People join us not just for the wide variety of roles, great pay and benefits, but for the career development opportunities we provide,”
“Applicants recognise we are an employer that offers great development potential, and we are proud to have so many employees growing and taking the opportunity to learn new skills that will create paths to new jobs at Amazon and beyond.”