Amazon to create over 2,000 permanent jobs in UK in 2019

Amazon announced today (Wednesday July 3) that it will create 2,000 new jobs in the UK in 2019, in a move that will take its total permanent workforce to more than 29,500 by the end of the year.

The roles include engineers, software developers, data scientists, and cloud and machine learning experts, along with a number of entry-level positions.

Amazon UK country manager Doug Gurr said: “We are delighted to be able continue to invest and grow our UK business. The UK is a fantastic hub for global talent and the exciting, innovative work that takes place here benefits Amazon’s customers around the world.”

Of the jobs created, over 170 will be at its Development Centres in Cambridge, Edinburgh and London. Amazon is also hiring for roles at its head office and fashion photography studio in London; its new corporate office in  Manchester; dozens of delivery stations across the country; and its growing  network of fulfilment centres, which support tens of thousands of independent businesses of all sizes. Half of all units stocked in Amazon’s UK fulfilment centres are held on behalf of sellers using Fulfilment by Amazon, a service which enables sellers to store their products in Amazon’s fulfilment centres so they can be shipped to customers around the world.

Alongside the permanent roles announced today, Amazon announced earlier this year plans for 1,000 new apprenticeships in the UK over the next two years. The apprenticeships will consist of nine programmes, lasting between 13 months and four years, across IT, software engineering, robotics, leadership and technology, as well as safety and human resources.

Alongside these roles, more than 90 new graduate and postgraduate apprentices will also become qualified over the next two years as part of the programme through on-the-job and classroom training, focusing on software development engineering, senior leadership and automation.

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