Washington-based e-commerce giant Amazon is set to create more than 10,000 new permanent jobs across the UK in 2021. Corporate roles will be available at the company’s offices in London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Cambridge in departments such as fashion, digital marketing, engineering, video production, software development, cloud computing, AI and machine learning.
Amazon also plans to open four new fulfilment centres. The first will open in Hinckley, East Midlands, in mid-2021, creating 700 new permanent jobs. The other three will open in Dartford, Gateshead and Swindon later in the year and each will create more than 1,300 permanent jobs. The company will also expand its delivery station network and create thousands of new permanent roles in engineering, HR, IT, health and safety, and finance.
In addition, Amazon will invest £10m ($14.1m) to train up to 5,000 employees in new skills by 2024. Amazon’s Career Choice programme will cover the course fees for Amazon employees interested in pursuing a future career outside of the company. The company is also partnering with the British Chambers of Commerce and local businesses to identify regional skills shortages and focus training on local demand.
In a press release, Amazon’s UK country manager John Boumphrey said: “We are creating thousands of good jobs across the UK from a diverse range of roles with excellent pay and benefits. We are also delighted to be working with the British Chambers of Commerce on a pioneering approach to our Career Choice programme to provide the training and skilled workers needed to boost local economies right across the country.”
To date, Amazon has created more than 40,000 jobs and invested over £23bn in its UK operations since 2010.