Amazon to create 7,000 jobs in the UK

Updated: Sep 4, 2020

Amazon has announced that it will create a further 7,000 UK jobs this year to meet growing demand.

The online retail giant has already added 3,000 roles so far in 2020, and will have created a total of 10,000 new jobs by the end of the year.

Amazon said it had also taken on thousands of people whose jobs were affected by the coronavirus crisis - and many will now move into the new permanent positions.

The firm's announcement was welcomed by Alok Sharma, the business secretary.

"While this has been a challenging time for many businesses, it is hugely encouraging to see Amazon creating 10,000 jobs in the UK this year," he said.

The company is recruiting at more than 50 sites and said the creation of the new roles will include engineers, graduates, human resources, IT, health and safety and finance specialists. There will also be teams who will pick, pack and ship customer orders.

It said many of the jobs would be created at state-of-the-art centres in Darlington in County Durham and Sutton-in-Ashfield in Nottinghamshire, with each accounting for 1,000 roles.

It has also already started recruiting 20,000 seasonal positions for the Christmas rush.

The company, which has faced criticism over workplace conditions, will pay a minimum of £9.50 an hour and £10.50 in London.