According to reports, Amazon said in a statement that company plans to create as much as 5,000 new full-time jobs in the UK this year.
The online retail giant said it was looking for a range of staff comprising software developers and warehouse workers.
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) reportedly said that there will be openings at Amazon’s head office in London, along with the Edinburgh customer service centre and in three new warehouses.
This new hiring will push Amazon’s workforce in the UK to more than 24,000.
Meanwhile Doug Gurr, the head of Amazon’s UK business, said: “We are creating thousands of new UK jobs including hundreds of apprenticeship opportunities as we continue to innovate for our customers and provide them with even faster delivery, more selection and better value.”
Amazon.com, (NASDAQ:AMZN) plans to start three new warehouses, or what the company calls “fulfilment centres”, in Tilbury, Doncaster and Daventry.
An additional warehouse space will be utilized to deal with present growth and to speed-up deliveries. This space will also be used to manage deliveries for third-party retailers, who sell through Amazon’s website and use Amazon for deliveries. Growth in those third-party sellers has been particularly rapid.
This development signals the significance of the UK market, which is Amazon’s second largest outside the US, behind Germany.
Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) services are usually launched in the UK first after US, such as Amazon Fresh, the grocery service which was launched in parts of the UK last summer.
Besides growing in groceries, Amazon.com, (AMZN) is also aggressive into fashion, as apparels sales are already one of its rapidly growing areas and Amazon is also reportedly close to start its own-brand fashion label. That report has been fuelled by Amazon’s making of a fashion photography studio in London’s Shoreditch.