On Thursday ubiquitous online retailer and service provider Amazon announced that it is set to create 1,200 new permanent jobs with the opening of a new fulfilment centre in Warrington. The company will start recruiting later this year for a range of new roles, including operations managers, engineers, HR and IT specialists.
The new fulfilment centre in Warrington will be one of four that Amazon opens in 2017, with others in Daventry, Doncaster and Tilbury. In total, the new centres will create more than 2,300 new permanent full time jobs. The Daventry centre opened in February, with the others beginning operations in the Autumn.
“We are thrilled to begin recruitment for 1,200 new permanent roles in Warrington with competitive wages and comprehensive benefits starting on day one,” said Stefano Perego, Amazon’s Director of UK Customer Fulfilment.
The company says that all permanent employees will start on £7.65 per hour or more, increasing over the first two years of employment. Employees are also offered a benefits package, which includes private medical insurance, life assurance, income protection, subsidised meals and an employee discount, which combined are worth more than £700 annually, as well as a company pension plan.
The firm also says that it is increasing the size of its UK distribution network in order to meet increasing customer demands, expand selection and enable SMEs selling on Amazon Marketplace to "scale their business". Perego added: “The Amazon teams are dedicated to innovating in our fulfilment centres to increase efficiency of delivery while enabling greater selection at lower costs for our customers. The introduction of Amazon Robotics in Warrington and Tilbury is the latest example of our commitment to invention in logistics on behalf of our employees and our customers.”