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Amazon to take on 2,500 new staff this year

12:06 22 January 2016

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos demonstrates the new Amazon Fire Phone, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos demonstrates the new Amazon Fire Phone, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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Online retail giant Amazon said it will take on 2,500 new permanent staff in Britain this year, as the business continues to expand in the UK and across Europe.

It said the move will boost its UK workforce to 14,500, and added that it plans to take on 10,000 new staff across the continent, increasing its European staff to 40,000 in total.

In the UK the business said it will hire staff across the country - from its London head office to research and development centres and warehouses in England, Scotland and Wales.

The business said it has invested more than 15 billion euro (£11.5 billion) in European infrastructure and operations since 2010, with £4.6 billion in the UK.

Business secretary Sajid Javid said: “Amazon’s continued investment in the UK is very welcome news and further demonstration that the UK is a great destination for innovative industries to invest and do business.

“These new permanent jobs will build on the UK’s record levels of employment and give added security to working people across the country - from app developers in Edinburgh to fashion photographers in London.”

Amazon added it was on track to open its new head office in Shoreditch next year, providing space for 5,000 London staff.

Christopher North, managing director at Amazon.co.uk, said: “Britain has a world-class tech sector with a reputation for innovation and excellence.

“These new jobs we are creating up and down the country are testament to the quality of the workforce in the UK and our confidence in its economy, which we are proud to support through our continued investments.”

The group has attracted anger over its tax affairs. Last May it emerged that the UK arm of the business paid just £11.9 million in tax in 2014, despite taking £5.3 billion in sales from British shoppers.

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2 comments

  • All of the 2500 new employees will be paying fair taxes in this country, whilst the company itself will carry on avoiding paying full tax as they should. If you want to sell in Britain, pay your taxes here. Fair tax Norwich will soon become a reality, following crickhowell and other towns and villages around the country. However much Google's deliberate avoidance and pitiful handout to HMRC is lauded to be the 'way forward' by our party politicians, its no more than a pitiful handout to a beggar. Pay your 21% corp. tax, or stop selling your wares here! I have bought nothing from this company this winter and shall not until they pay the required rate of tax.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Sunday, January 24, 2016

  • It's nice to read a pleasant précis of the Amazon press release. Msybe we could now have a little investigative journalism into Amazon work practice and conditions as well? What about a nice article about their tax arrangements? Just to balance things up a bit.

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    arfur

    Saturday, January 23, 2016

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