An Amazon warehouse
LONDON – Amazon announced on Friday that it would be hiring 10,000 more permanent employees in the UK
The announcement comes a day after the Seattle-based tech giant announced it would be hiring 75,000 delivery and warehouse workers in the US and Canada.
The new UK jobs include roles in four new Amazon warehouses as well as roles in Amazon’s corporate offices in London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Cambridge. This includes positions at Amazon Web Services, Amazon’s cloud computing business.
Amazon declined to indicate how many of the new delivery and warehouse worker positions will be filled – some of which have protested low wages and poor working conditions.
Pay for Amazon’s “Operational” roles starts at £ 10.80 (US $ 15.19) per hour in the London area and from £ 9.70 per hour in other parts of the UK. The minimum remuneration applies to all people who work in the fulfillment centers, sorting centers and delivery stations of Amazon.
By the end of 2021, Amazon will have a total of more than 55,000 employees in the UK. This makes Amazon one of the largest employers in the country. Other US tech giants like Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Apple are also well represented in the UK
Amazon added that it will spend £ 10 million over three years training 5,000 UK employees with new skills that will enable them to pursue careers both inside and outside Amazon.
The company said it would prepay 95% of tuition and related fees for nationally accredited courses, which cost up to £ 8,000 over four years, adding that employees can take truck driving courses and on request Take part in software development courses.
Amazon UK country manager John Boumphrey said in a statement that certain Amazon roles are “a stepping stone for some on their career journey”.
He added, “For people whose ambitions are outside of our company, we are happy to support them by paying for training and academic courses that will get them where they want to be.”
Amazon said it will work with the UK chambers of commerce and local businesses to identify the regional skills shortage.
UK Economy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said in a statement that Amazon’s hiring plan was a “big vote of confidence” in the UK economy. “As we recover better from the pandemic, this is a prime investment in our retail sector,” he said.
While Amazon is creating many jobs in the UK, the company has also been criticized for the amount of taxes it pays. Amazon paid UK taxes of £ 293 million in 2019 on sales of £ 13.73 billion. It still has to submit its accounts for 2020.