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Jobs News: Amazon is creating 10,000 new permanent jobs in the UK this year, bringing its UK workforce to over 55,000.
The new roles are spread across its corporate offices, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and its operations branch, as it expands its distribution network.
Amazon announces the opening of a new “ parcel reception center ” in Doncaster, Yorkshire, as well as new ‘distribution centers’ (warehouses where staff assemble customer orders) Dartford, in Kent, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, and Swindon, Wiltshire, each creating more than 1,300 jobs.
It is also hiring 700 additional employees for a new distribution center in Hinckley, East Midlands.
This will create “thousands of new permanent positions within teams including engineering, human resources and IT, health and safety, finance and those who select, pack and ship customer orders,” says the society.
He also creates corporate roles in offices in London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Cambridge. Amazon says it will cover a range of areas, including fashion, digital marketing, engineering, video production, software development, cloud computing, AI and machine learning.
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng praised the decision:
“Amazon’s announcement today is great news and a huge vote of confidence in the UK economy, helping us deliver on our pledge to level up across the UK with a whopping 10,000 new permanent jobs .
As we recover better from the pandemic, this is a world-class investment in our retail industry.
Amazon UK sales soared 51% last year during the pandemic, to a record $ 26.5 billion (£ 19.4 billion), as the lockdown resulted in increased demand for online shopping as high streets closed.
But tax activists continue to probe the structure of the business, as our wealth correspondent Rupert Neate explained last week:
New questions have been raised about Amazon’s tax planning after its latest corporate filings in Luxembourg revealed the company raised a record 44 billion euros (£ 38 billion) in revenue in Europe last year, but that it did not have to pay corporate tax in the Grand Duchy.
Amazon EU Sarl accounts, through which it sells products to hundreds of millions of households in the UK and Europe, show that despite collecting record revenue, the Luxembourg unit suffered a loss of 1.2 billion euros and therefore paid no tax.