Amazon UK set to create over 5,000 jobs this year

Online giant Amazon has said it will create 5,000 full-time jobs across the UK this year, including a Fulfilment Centre at Doncaster, in its largest recruitment drive yet.

The new roles will include positions at Amazon UK’s head office in London and Development Centres in London, Cambridge and Edinburgh.

The recruitment is a record for the company and will take Amazon’s permanent UK workforce up to 24,000.

Amazon UK warehouse in Fife

The company plans to open three new warehouses, called Fulfilment Centres, in Doncaster, Tillbury and Daventry. The Doncaster warehouse is expected to open later this year and will create 500 jobs locally.

Doug Gurr, the head of Amazon’s UK business, said: “We are creating thousands of new UK jobs, including hundreds of apprenticeship opportunities as we continue to innovate for our customers and provide them with even faster delivery, more selection and better value.

We are also proud to empower many thousands of others to work alongside Amazon in serving our customers.”

In addition to these full-time positions, Amazon has announced a new apprenticeship programme. This will offer hundreds of entry-level opportunities in engineering, logistics and warehousing roles.

Roy Perticucci, Vice President for Europe Customer Fulfilment, said: “Amazon is committed to creating opportunities with choice and flexibility that appeal to the widest range of individuals.”

Amazon plans to open a new head office Shoreditch, East London, later this year.