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Amazon to hire 1,000 warehouse staff

Amazon will hire another 1,000 permanent staff to work in its UK distribution centres within the next few months, to cope with the growing demand for online goods.

The new employees will work across Amazon’s eight fulfilment centres in Doncaster, Dunfermline, Gourock, Hemel Hempstead, Milton Keynes, Peterborough, Rugeley and Swansea Bay.

Amazon already has a 6,000-strong workforce in the UK. It has previously faced criticism over the working conditions at its warehouses, but this week the company said its permanent employees now have three days off per week.

It added permanent employees start on an average wage of £7.39 an hour, above the minimum wage of £6.50.

Amazon’s director of UK operations John Tagawa said: “Over the past two years, we have added well in excess of 2,000 new employees to our workforce and we are delighted to be able to add a further 1,000 to that number over the coming months.

“As we see greater demand, we are able to rapidly grow our talented team across the UK.”

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