Amazon said the 7,000 UK roles are being created in order to meet growing demand, and that three new fulfilment centres will open.
The online retailer says the new jobs will be permanent and pay a minimum of £9.50 an hour. The company has already added 3,000 roles so far in 2020 and by the end of the year will have created a total of 10,000 new jobs, taking its total permanent UK workforce to more than 40,000.
In addition, 20,000 seasonal staff will be recruited for the festive period.
Amazon has benefited from the massive growth in online shopping which has been enhanced by the coronavirus crisis and lockdowns, which saw many brick and mortar stores temporarily closed. Many of the thousands of temporary workers that were taken on during the pandemic will now be able to move into new permanent roles.
UK online sales in July were more than 50% higher than pre-pandemic levels in February, and Amazon has reported strong Q2 results.This increased demand means that Amazon is recruiting at more than 50 sites, for new roles including engineers, graduates, human resources, IT, health and safety and finance specialists, as well as the teams who will pick, pack and ship customer orders.
“At the centre of the job creation programme are three new, state-of-the-art fulfilment centres in Darlington, Durham and Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, each fitted out with advanced Amazon Robotics technology and each creating more than 1000 new permanent roles,” Amazon said in a statement. “Construction of these new fulfilment centres began last year. Darlington started operations in May and the sites in Durham and Sutton-in-Ashfield will launch later this autumn.”
Business Secretary Alok Sharma said the pandemic had been a “challenging time for many businesses” but that the new Amazon jobs were “hugely encouraging”, at a time when many firms – especially high street retailers – have been cutting jobs, due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and as the government’s jobs retention scheme starts to wind down.