Amazon to create more than 4,000 jobs in UK

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Amazon is creating more than 4,000 permanent jobs across the UK this year, the online company has announced.

The US firm said the recruitment drive would bring its permanent workforce in the UK to 75,000, having created 40,000 new jobs in the past three years.

Amazon said it had invested £1bn across the UK and was set to be one of the 10 largest private sector employers in the country.

The new roles are spread across the UK and include new fulfilment centres set to open in Wakefield and Knowsley.

The jobs will be split between warehouse work, office work in London and Manchester, and technology roles in Edinburgh and Cambridge.

“We’re continuing to invest in talent right across the UK, from apprentices in Swansea to data scientists in Edinburgh,” said John Boumphrey, the Amazon UK country manager.

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In May, Amazon shareholders rejected 15 resolutions brought forward by investors in a push to influence the company’s environmental impact and treatment of workers.

Shareholders in the Seattle-based company voted against all the resolutions, most of which focused on worker rights and other social issues. The resolutions included calls for the company to report on worker health and safety and the treatment of its warehouse workers, and a review of Amazon’s use of plastic and changes to the company’s process for board nominations.

July 15, 2022 at 01:12PM Guardian staff and agencies

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