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Amazon to create 2,500 UK jobs in Europe-wide recruitment drive

Online retailer has set out plans to recruit staff across all areas of its business in 2016

Amazon is planning to create 2,500 jobs in the UK this year as part of the continued European expansion of its online retail and cloud computing operations.

Over the course of the next 12 months, the company will hire computer scientists and software developers to work in its European research and development (R&D) centres in Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain and the UK.   

They will take part in the further development of Amazon’s retail-focused mobile apps and website, its hardware portfolio, and the continued growth of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud business.

The company is also planning to recruit more staff to work in its product fulfilment and customer service centres, in line with the growing demand for its next-day delivery and online retail services.

From an AWS standpoint, the new hires will play an active role in building the infrastructure to deliver its range of cloud services across Europe, as the company gears up for the opening of its first UK datacentres early next year.

In a follow-up statement to Computer Weekly, the AWS team declined to share details of just how many of these jobs will be created within its cloud and datacentre operations.

However, it did confirm the new roles will be created across multiple sites across the UK, including its London-based HQ, its R&D sites in Cambridge and Edinburgh, and its 10 fulfilment centres in England, Scotland and Wales.

“We will also be hiring to support the new Amazon Web Services UK datacentre region announced last year, scheduled to launch by early 2017,” the spokesperson added.

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The company claims to have created a record-breaking 10,000 jobs across Europe during 2015, meaning it now employs more than 40,000 people within the continent alone.

“We are seeing stronger demand than ever from our customers all across Europe, and we see lots more opportunity across Amazon’s businesses to invent and invest for the future,” said Xavier Garambois, vice president of Amazon EU Retail.

“We created over 10,000 new jobs in 2015 and plan to create several thousand more in 2016 at all education, experience and skill levels, from speech and linguistic scientists to digital media experts to fulfilment centre and customer service associates.”

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