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Amazon announces UK recruitment drive

Amazon is set to create 2,500 new permanent jobs in the UK by the end of 2018, taking its total workforce on these shores to 27,500. 

The roles, which include software developers, engineers and technicians, will be based at development centres in Cambridge, Edinburgh and London, as well as the company’s Edinburgh customer service centre and regional fulfilment centres.

Doug Gurr, country manager, Amazon UK, said: "Whether you are looking for an entry-level role or in highly-specialised fields such as speech science or machine learning, we are proud to be expanding our UK workforce so we can further improve our products and services like AmazonFreshPrime Video and Alexa.”

It’s some much needed positive employee-related publicity for the eCommerce giant, which was recently accused by the GMB of treating workers like robots. The union claimed "slave labour" conditions and said employees at an Amazon warehouse in Staffordshire resorted to urinating in bottles because the toilets were too far away. Delivery drivers, meanwhile, were being forced to deliver 200 parcels a day with no time for toilet breaks.

In response, Amazon insisted that it provides a safe and positive workplace for thousands of people across the UK, with competitive pay and benefits from day one, and didn’t recognise the GMB's claims as an accurate portrayal of activities in its buildings.

"We also offer public tours of our fulfilment centres so customers can see first hand what happens after they click ‘buy’ on Amazon," it added. "We are committed to ensuring that the people contracted by our independent delivery providers are fairly compensated, treated with respect, follow all applicable laws and driving regulations and drive safely.”

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