Amazon announced that it is looking for staff including software developers and warehouse staff. Jobs will be available at Amazon’s head office in London, in the Edinburgh customer service centre as well as new warehouses.
“We are creating thousands of new UK jobs including hundreds of apprenticeship opportunities as we continue to innovate for our customers and provide them with even faster delivery, more selection and better value,” said Doug Gurr, head of Amazon’s UK business.
The company is opening three new warehouses in Tilbury, Doncaster and Daventry. The extra warehouse space will be used to cope with existing growth and to speed-up deliveries.
The expansion reflects the importance of the UK market, which is Amazon’s second biggest outside the US, behind Germany. Services which are developed in the US are usually launched in the UK first, such as Amazon Fresh, the grocery service which was launched in some of the UK last summer.
As well as expanding in groceries, Amazon is also moving into fashion, according to Natalie Berg, retail analyst at Planet Retail. Clothes sales are one of its fastest growing areas and it’s been reported that Amazon could be set to launch its own-brand fashion label.
“If you are a grocer or fashion retailer, Amazon is keeping you up at night,” said Natalie.