Date
21 October 2017
An Amazon package is seen after being delivered in London. The beefed-up workforce is expected to provide faster delivery, more selection and better value. Photo: Reuters
An Amazon package is seen after being delivered in London. The beefed-up workforce is expected to provide faster delivery, more selection and better value. Photo: Reuters

Amazon to create 5,000 more jobs in Britain

Online retailer Amazon is set to create more than 5,000 jobs in Britain this year, boosting its investment in the country once more even as it prepares to leave the European Union.

Amazon, along with other tech giants such as Google and Apple, has increased its commitment to Britain in the last year, saying Britain’s referendum decision to leave the EU last June did not affect its investment plans, Reuters reports.

The plans to add more than 5,000 jobs in 2017 is a record for Amazon in Britain, although at least 2,000 of the jobs had been previously announced.

The moves would take its permanent workforce in the country to 24,000.

Doug Gurr, UK country manager at Amazon, said the jobs would provide “even faster delivery, more selection and better value” for British customers.

Amazon’s new head office in London will have capacity for more than 5,000 people by the end of the year, the company said.

The concentration of tech expertise in London has been cited by many firms as an attraction.

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