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Amazon invests in 1,000 R&D roles and plans Manchester office

Amazon is planning on opening a new office in Manchester next year which will see the creation of 600 new highly-skilled R&D roles.

Additional resource is being invested into existing sites in Cambridge and Edinburgh with additional space being taken out for an additional 180 and 250 roles respectively.

This will bring the total new technology roles available at Amazon to over 1,000.

The new Manchester site will be located in the city’s iconic Hanover Building in the Northern Quarter, covering six floors and 90,000 sq. ft. The new Manchester job roles will focus on software development, machine learning and R&D - complementing existing work at Development Centres in London, Cambridge and Edinburgh.

"It is great global tech giant Amazon has chosen Manchester, a vital part of the Northern Powerhouse, to open their new office and are creating hundreds of high-skilled jobs up and down the country,” said Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, The Rt Hon Jeremy Wright MP.

“Our booming digital sector is one of the fastest-growing industries in the UK and this is a vote of confidence in our world-leading skills in tech innovation."

Meanwhile, the new roles available in the Cambridge Development Centre will focus on developing innovations for Alexa, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the Amazon drone programme Prime Air. And the new Edinburgh employees will work on new advertising technology and personalised shopping recommendations.

Doug Gurr, UK country manager at Amazon, said: “These are Silicon Valley jobs in Britain, and further cement our long-term commitment to the UK.”

Secretary of State for International Trade, The Rt Hon Liam Fox MP, added: “Ensuring that the world’s best and brightest companies continue to invest and innovate in the UK is at the heart of our Global Britain agenda. Amazon’s decision to create hundreds of highly-skilled jobs in Manchester, Edinburgh and Cambridge is an enormous vote of confidence in the UK and a signal to the world that the UK is very much open for business.”

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