Amazon is to open its 13th UK fulfilment centre in Tilbury, Essex, in spring 2017, creating more than 1,500 jobs.
The centre will be equipped with Amazon’s robotic technology, which launched earlier this year in the UK at its centres in Dunstable and Doncaster.
Robots are used to slide under a tower of shelves where products are stored, lift it and move it through the fulfilment centre. They aim to speed up order processing time and reduce walking time by moving the shelves to workers, as well as saving space by up to 50%.
The new roles are in addition to the 3,500 jobs Amazon will have created this year in the UK at its head office, research and development centres, customer service centres, fashion photography studio, web services centre and fulfilment centres.
Amazon will have more than 15,500 permanent employees in the UK at the end of this year. It is opening a new London office with capacity for 5,000 people in 2017. It is also opening new fulfilment centres in Manchester and Coalville in Leicestershire in autumn, and in Doncaster in summer next year.