Amazon announced yesterday (Thursday February 18) that it will open a 1msq ft fulfilment centre at Coalville in Leicestershire, which will create 500 new permanent jobs over three years.
The internet retailer has started recruiting for a range of positions from operations managers, engineers and IT roles to associates who will handle orders at the fulfilment centre when it begins operating this autumn.
The new roles are part of US-based Amazon’s plans to create 2,500 permanent jobs in the UK this year, bringing the company’s total workforce to 14,500 by the end of 2016. Amazon has invested more than £4.6 billion in the UK economy to build and run its UK business since 2010.
John Tagawa, Amazon vice president of UK operations, said: “We’re excited to create 500 new permanent jobs over three years in Leicestershire with competitive wages and comprehensive benefits starting on day one.
“Amazon has a dedicated and enthusiastic workforce who play a crucial role in delivering a first rate level of service for our customers and we look forward to recruiting people from Leicestershire and the surrounding area.”
Andrew Bridgen, MP for North West Leicestershire, said: “I welcome Amazon’s investment in north-west Leicestershire along with its potential for 500 jobs. North-west Leicestershire continues to be an area good for business and long-term investment and we are currently enjoying one of the highest economic growth rates outside London and the south-east. I’m pleased that such a reputable company has the confidence in the area – not only given its strategic location – but also for the recruitment of a wide-ranging work force.”
Amazon has 10 fulfilment centres in the UK, including two in Doncaster and one each in Dunfermline, Dunstable, Gourock, Hemel Hempstead, Milton Keynes, Peterborough, Rugeley and Swansea Bay. Two of these centres opened in 2015.
Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995.