Re­tailer says it is an­tic­i­pat­ing its busiest Christ­mas ever

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By Paul Grin­nell paul.grin­ Twit­ter: @PTPaulGrin­nell

On­line re­tail giant Ama­zon is cre­at­ing more than 2,000 jobs in Pe­ter­bor­ough to cope with a surge in de­mand for Christ­mas de­liv­er­ies. The num­ber of sea­sonal staff needed at the firm’ s ful­fil­ment cen­tre at Kingston Park, Flet­ton, this Christ­mas is dou­ble the re­tailer has re­quired in pre­vi­ous years.

An Ama­zon spokes­woman said the re­tailer, which em­ploys more than 1,000 full­time staff in Pe­ter­bor­ough, needed the ex­tra work­ers to be sure it could meet de­mand over Christ­mas.

She added: “Ama­zon is an- tic­i­pat­ing its big­gest Christ­mas pe­riod ever, in­clud­ing Black Friday.

“On Black Friday last year, Ama­­sol­dmorethan 7.4 mil­lion items, at a rate of around 86 items per sec­ond.”

Re­cruit­ment is al­ready un­der­way and pay for sea­sonal staff starts at £8 an hour.

The new jobs are among 20,000 plus sea­sonal roles Ama­zon is cre­at­ing at its UK ful­fil­ment cen­tres.

John Ta­gawa, vice pres­i­dent of UK op­er­a­tions, said: “The thou­sands of sea­sonal as­so­ciates who join us at this time each year play an in­te­gral role in help­ing us de­liver an ex­cep­tional ex­pe­ri­ence for our cus­tomers dur­ing the Christ­mas sea­son.

“We look for­ward to wel­com­ing back the peo­ple who join us each and ev­ery Christ­mas as well as many new faces who will be join­ing the Ama­zon team for the first time.”

Pe­ter­bor­ough MP Ste­wart Jack­son said: “I’d give this a cau­tious wel­come. Un­em­ploy­ment has plum­meted in the city in the last six years so this is con­fir­ma­tion of that trend.

“We need more jobs with good pay rates and terms and hope­fully they will turn into per­ma­nent vacancies. That said, we need a wide range of new em­ploy­ment - not just lo­gis­tic and ware­hous­ing.”

The Ama­zon ful­fil­ment cen­tre in Pe­ter­bor­ough, which is re­cuit­ing for more than 2,000 sea­sonal staff.

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