Company plans to start recruiting for a range of roles ahead of the 2018 opening.
Amazon is continuing its investment in the UK, with the online retailer unveiling plans for a new distribution centre near Bristol which will create 1,000 new permanent jobs. The company plans to start recruiting engineers, operations managers, HR and IT specialists ahead of the facility’s opening in 2018.
Amazon already has 13 such centres in the UK, and is on track to open further new warehouses in Doncaster, Warrington and Tilbury later this year. Amazon said the decision to open another centre just outside of Bristol at Severn Beach was driven by “increasing customer demand”.
The announcement comes less than a month after the firm said it was doubling the number of research and development (R&D) specialists it is looking to recruit in London. The company is aiming to hire 900 R&D workers for its UK headquarters in Shoreditch, including software development engineers, user-interface experts, data analysts and graphic designers.
The announcement was seen as a boost for the UK amid fears the country will be starved of access to talent from the continent after Brexit – with employers highlighting worries about a skills shortage.
Amazon, which has faced criticism over the way it treats workers, said all permanent “fulfilment centre” staff would be offered “competitive wages and comprehensive benefits starting on day one”. Employees will start on an hourly wage of £7.65, increasing to £8.15 or more over their first two years on the job, it said. It will also offer staff stock grants and benefits including private medical insurance, income protection, subsidised meals, and a company pension plan.