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Amazon to Create 1,200 New Permanent Jobs with the Opening of a new Fulfilment Centre in Bolton

13/10/2017

Bolton will be the third Amazon fulfilment centre in the North West of England and will take the number of permanent jobs Amazon has created in the region to more than 3,500 
Bolton fulfilment centre will be equipped with advanced Amazon Robotics technology and adds to Amazon’s £6.4 billion investment in the UK since 2010  
Amazon is increasing the size of its UK fulfilment centre network to meet increasing customer demands and expand product selection

LONDON – 13th October 2017 – Amazon today announced plans to open a new fulfilment centre in Bolton in 2018 and begin recruitment for 1,200 new, full-time permanent jobs.

The investment in a new fulfilment centre in Bolton will take the total number of permanent jobs Amazon has created in the North West of England to more than 3,500.

“Our ability to expand in the North West of England is the result of two things: incredible customers and an outstanding workforce,” said Stefano Perego, Amazon’s Director of UK Customer Fulfilment. “We are thrilled to begin recruitment for 1,200 new permanent roles in Bolton with competitive wages and comprehensive benefits starting on day one.”

Bolton will be equipped with advanced Amazon Robotics technology. The robots slide under a tower of shelves where products are stowed, lift it and move it through the fulfilment centre. Find out more about Amazon Robotics here.

Amazon has started recruiting for a range of new roles for the fulfilment centre, including operations managers, engineers, HR and IT specialists. The team at Amazon in Bolton who will pick, pack and ship customer items such as books, toys and kitchenware will be recruited in 2018 and people interested in applying for jobs at Amazon should visit www.myamazonjob.com/fulfillment-centers/bolton

All permanent Amazon fulfilment centre employees earn £8.15 an hour or more after two years of employment, with pay increasing from a starting salary of £7.65 an hour and above. In addition, all permanent employees working in the company’s fulfilment centres receive stock grants, which over the last five years were equal to £1,000 or more per year per employee. Employees are offered a comprehensive benefits package, including private medical insurance, life assurance, income protection, subsidised meals and an employee discount, which combined are worth more than £700 annually, as well as a company pension plan. 
Amazon also offers employees an innovative programme called Career Choice that provides employees funding for adult education, offering to pre-pay 95% of tuition and associated fees for nationally recognised courses, up to £8,000 over four years.

Last year Amazon announced that it would open fulfilment centres in Daventry, Doncaster, Warrington and Tilbury in 2017, creating more than 3,500 new permanent full time jobs.  The Daventry site opened in February while Doncaster, Warrington and Tilbury have recently started their operations.

Amazon is increasing the size of its UK fulfilment centre network to meet increasing customer demands, expand selection and enable SMEs selling on Amazon Marketplace to scale their business.

Amazon’s has invested £6.4 billion in the UK since 2010 in its UK-based research and development, head office and fulfilment and logistics infrastructure.

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Amazon opened its first fulfilment centre in the North West of England in Manchester in 2016 and has since created more than 1,200 permanent jobs.  In April 2017, Amazon announced that it would open a new site in Warrington and create 1,200 jobs.  Bolton will be the third fulfilment centre in the region, which means that Amazon will have created more than 3,500 new, full time permanent jobs.

Amazon currently has 16 fulfilment centres in the UK. As well as sites which have recently opened in Warrington, Tilbury and a new site in Doncaster, there are two further fulfilment centres in Doncaster and one each in Coalville (Leicestershire), Daventry, Dunfermline, Dunstable, Gourock, Hemel Hempstead, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Peterborough, Rugeley and Swansea Bay. A UK receive centre will also open in Coventry in 2018 and act as a central hub to receive and sort millions of products sold on Amazon.co.uk each year.

About Amazon 
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfilment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.co.uk/about.

About Amazon Marketplace 
At Amazon, we strive to continually improve our selection, value and convenience so we can further improve our overall customer experience. We now have over 250 million unique products available on Amazon.co.uk, up by more than 100 million in the last 18 months. This significant growth in selection could only happen with support of small and medium sized UK businesses selling on Amazon Marketplace.

Tens of thousands of independent businesses of all sizes sell on Amazon Marketplace, with more businesses than ever using our Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA) offering that handles logistics and customer service for them. The number of businesses taking advantage of FBA increased by more than 70% last year and half of all units stocked in Amazon’s UK fulfilment centres are FBA products from Marketplace sellers.

For further information please contact:
Amazon UK Press Office
Email: pressoffice@amazon.co.uk 
Tel: 0203 680 0888

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