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Amazon prepare for a busy Christmas period

Amazon to hire 10,000 temps in UK this Christmas

The online retail giant has announced plans to take on more than 10,000 temporary employees in its UK fulfilment centres over Christmas

“On our busiest shopping day last Christmas, we saw customers order a total of three million items during one 24-hour period at a rate of 35 items every second,” said Catherine McDermott, director of operations at Amazon.co.uk Ltd.

Amazon has eight fulfilment centres in the UK – Rugeley, Hemel Hempstead, Milton Keynes, Doncaster, Peterborough, Dunfermline, Inverclyde and Swansea. Thousands of UK employees initially on temporary contracts have moved into permanent positions within the last three years.

“We are a company in growth and when we have permanent positions to fill, it’s the top performing temporary employees that we look to,” McDermott said.

Amazon’s fulfilment centre in Hemel Hempstead is looking to employ 600 of the new staff permanently.

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