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Amazon to create 5,000 new UK jobs

Amazon will create 5,000 new jobs in the UK by the end of the year, despite uncertainty over Brexit.

The etailer, which currently employs 19,000 people in the UK, said the roles will be varied and will include software developers, engineers and warehouse staff.

The jobs will be split across its head office in London, its customer service centre in Edinburgh and three new warehouses in Tilbury, Doncaster and Daventry.

Amazon has also launched a new apprenticeship programme in the UK, offering hundreds of opportunities in engineering, logistics and warehousing roles in fulfilment centres.

Last week, Drapers exclusively revealed that Amazon has poached senior design and buying experts from Marks & Spencer and Primark as it gears up to launch own-label fashion in the UK.

Karen Peacock, whose extensive CV includes a stint as head of design for womenswear and accessories at M&S, has joined Amazon as design director. Meanwhile, Glen George has left his position as menswear buying director at Primark and is understood to be joining Amazon.

This week, a source told Drapers this week that Amazon’s own-label menswear will launch first, followed by womenswear in the early autumn

Amazon will open a new head office later this year in the 15-storey Principal Place in Shoreditch, east London. It will keep its current office in Holborn, London.

Outside of the UK, the etailer will create a further 10,000 jobs in the rest of Europe this year, taking its workforce there to 50,000 by the end of 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Which sounds great. Until you assess the number of jobs Amazon is going to make redundant across other retailers. Let's hope they pay some UK taxes.

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