Ama­zon to take on 7,000 more UK staff

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Business - By Han­nah Boland

AMA­ZON plans to hire an­other 7,000 new work­ers in the UK this year in a move branded “a clear vote of con­fi­dence” in the coun­try by Busi­ness Sec­re­tary Alok Sharma.

The US on­line re­tail gi­ant said the new per­ma­nent roles would in­clude engi­neer­ing, HR and IT po­si­tions, as well as ful­fil­ment roles at its new pack­ing sites in Dar­ling­ton, Durham and Sut­ton-in-Ash­field.

It said, this year, it had al­ready filled 3,000 posts and ex­pected to fill an­other 7,000 by the end of 2020.

This would take the to­tal UK work­force of the re­tail gi­ant to more than 40,000 staff.

Many of those who had taken on tem­po­rary posts dur­ing the Covid-19 pan­demic would now be able to tran­si­tion into more per­ma­nent po­si­tions, Ama­zon said.

It will also be cre­at­ing more than 20,000 sea­sonal po­si­tions in the UK ahead of the busy Christ­mas pe­riod.

It fol­lows a surge in de­mand for on­line de­liv­er­ies as cus­tomers stay at home and away from high streets.

In July, Ama­zon re­vealed its prof­its had more than dou­bled to $5.2bn (£3.9bn) in the three months to the end of June.

Since the start of the year, Ama­zon has seen its share price in­crease by al­most 90pc.

In the UK, Covid-19 has prompted a huge surge in on­line shop­ping, with re­cent fig­ures show­ing the vol­ume of in­ter­net pur­chases was more than 50pc higher in July than in Fe­bru­ary.

The ex­pan­sion fol­lows an an­nounce­ment last month that the com­pany would be grow­ing its op­er­a­tions in the US, adding around 3,500 new cor­po­rate staff and ex­pand­ing its phys­i­cal of­fices in six cities.

News of the plans to in­vest fur­ther cash in the UK econ­omy was wel­comed by Mr Sharma.

He said: “While this has been a chal­leng­ing time for many busi­nesses, it is hugely en­cour­ag­ing to see Ama­zon cre­at­ing 10,000 jobs in the UK this year.

“This is not only great news for those look­ing for a new job, but also a clear vote of con­fi­dence in the UK econ­omy as we build back bet­ter from the pan­demic.

“The Gov­ern­ment re­mains deeply com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing re­tail­ers of all sizes and we con­tinue to work closely with the in­dus­try as we em­bark on the road to eco­nomic re­cov­ery.”

The US com­pany is not alone in ag­gres­sively ex­pand­ing its on­line de­liv­ery op­er­a­tions.

Last week, Tesco an­nounced it would be cre­at­ing 16,000 per­ma­nent jobs, many of them for staff who worked on a tem­po­rary ba­sis dur­ing the pan­demic as food pick­ers and driv­ers, with home gro­cery de­liv­ery de­mand re­main­ing high.

Ama­zon, mean­while, is now of­fer­ing its own gro­cery de­liv­ery ser­vice, Ama­zon Fresh, as part of its Prime sub­scrip­tion pack­ages, with free de­liv­ery.

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