Amazon to hire 3,500 permanent UK employees

Amazon is creating a total of 3,500 jobs in the UK this year. The roles will be across head office, R&D centres, fulfilment centres, fashion photography studio, Amazon Web Services and the customer service centre.

This week, the e-tailer announced it would create 1,000 permanent UK jobs, which is in addition to the 2,500 announced in January.

This will bring the total number of full time permanent Amazon employees in the UK to more than 15,500 by the end of this year.

Amazon, which claims has invested more than £4.6 billion into the UK economy since 2010, said it is preparing for its "biggest Christmas ever" as the e-tail giant continues to grow from investments in innovation, corporate functions, new AWS Data Centre Region and new fulfilment centres in Manchester and Leicestershire.

Amazon also needs more employees to bolster the rollout of its one-hour delivery service, Prime Now, which is available to 30% of the population after launching one year ago.

The e-tailer also launched Amazon Fresh in the UK last month. UK Prime customers (who spend £79 per year on their membership) can now fork out an extra £6.99 a month if they want to buy their fresh fruit, veg and meat, as well as their Coca-Cola and Kellogg's Cornflakes from Amazon's supply chain. Shopping through Amazon means they will benefit from one-hour delivery slots between 7am-11pm, seven days a week, and even same-day delivery on orders placed by 1pm.

Meanwhile, the e-tailer is hosting its second-annual Prime Day on Tuesday 12 July, which will feature more than 100,000 deals worldwide exclusively for its Prime members. New and existing members in US, UK, Spain, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, Canada, Belgium and Austria will find deals across nearly all departments and categories.

Amazon also launched its Summer 2016 Trends Report this week, which detail the shopping and entertainment habits across Britain based on sales of items from The report also stated that Amazon Marketplace sellers support more than 74,000 jobs in the UK, while globally, almost half of all units sold on Amazon are sold though Amazon Marketplace sellers. 

UK sellers on Amazon Marketplace generating more than £1 million has also increased by 20% in the last year, supported by a 33% increase in international sales, with UK exports reaching nearly £1.4bn last year.

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