Amazon is opening a one million sq ft fulfilment centre in Leicestershire this autumn as part of its plans to create 2,500 permanent jobs in the UK this year.
The new centre will create 500 jobs, with the firm currently looking for a range of positions, including operations managers, engineers and HR and IT roles.
As well as creating more jobs in its UK fulfilment centres, Amazon is planning to hire up and down the country at its head office, research and development centres, customer service centres, fashion photography studio and new Amazon Web Services (AWS) UK data centres, which are currently being built in the UK.
Amazon has invested more than £4.6 billion in the UK economy to build and run its UK business since 2010.
“We are excited to create 500 new permanent jobs over three years in Leicestershire with competitive wages and comprehensive benefits starting on day one,” said John Tagawa, Amazon’s vice president of UK Operations.
“Amazon has a dedicated and enthusiastic workforce who play a crucial role in delivering a first rate level of service for our customers and we look forward to recruiting people from Leicestershire and the surrounding area.”
Andrew Bridgen, MP for North West Leicestershire, said: “I welcome Amazon’s investment in North West Leicestershire along with its potential for 500 jobs. North West Leicestershire continues to be an area good for business and long-term investment and we are currently enjoying one of the highest economic growth rates outside London and the South East.
“I am pleased that such a reputable company has the confidence in the area not only given its strategic location but also for the recruitment of a wide ranging work force.”
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