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Amazon to create over 2,000 permanent jobs in the UK in 2019, taking total permanent workforce to more than 29,500


Wide range of roles available across the UK including  head office, R&D, AWS and Operations

Amazon this year took the #1 position in LinkedIn’s  list of Britain’s Top Companies

Amazon has invested over £9.3 billion in its UK  operations since 2010

London – 3 July 2019 – Amazon  today announced that it will create 2,000 new jobs in the UK in 2019 in a move  that will take its total permanent workforce to more than 29,500 by the end of  the year. The roles, which are available to people with a broad range of  experience, disciplines and skills, include engineers, software developers, data  scientists, and cloud and machine learning experts, along with a number of  entry-level positions. The breadth of the roles available reflect the range of  expertise Amazon’s has in the UK and the important role employees based in the  UK play in developing exciting new technologies that benefit Amazon’s customers  around the world.

Chancellor of  the Exchequer, Philip Hammond said: “Today’s announcement from Amazon is a  clear vote of confidence in the British economy.

“This  government is supporting business to create the high-skilled, high-paid jobs of  the future, and these roles will benefit people across the UK, including the  cities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, Manchester and London.

“Thanks to  our record investment in infrastructure, skills and research and development,  we will continue to lead the technological revolution.”

Doug Gurr,  Amazon UK Country Manager, said: “We are delighted to be able continue to  invest and grow our UK business. The UK is a fantastic hub for global talent  and the exciting, innovative work that takes place here benefits Amazon’s  customers around the world. Whether you are looking for a highly-specialised  role at one of our fulfilment centres or in a field such as machine learning or  flight engineering, we offer a wide variety of opportunities.”

  Of the jobs  created over 170 will be at its Development Centres in Cambridge, Edinburgh and  London. These are highly-skilled roles working on exciting and innovative new  technologies that benefit Amazon’s customers around the world. 


In Amazon’s Cambridge  Development Centre, expert teams help to build and continually improve the  knowledge systems within Alexa, the cloud-based voice service used on devices  including Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Fire TV, and Fire TV Stick in the US. They  also work on U.K. Amazon Web Services also has a presence in Cambridge designing  and building the next generation of cloud storage.


In Edinburgh  (Amazon’s first Development Centre outside the U.S., established in 2004),  teams of engineers, scientists, designers and product managers work on  innovations that power Amazon’s capabilities in advertising technology,  personalised shopping recommendations, product relationships, and global talent  management. Most recently, the team has been talking at re:MARS, a new global  AI event from Amazon focusing on Machine Learning, Automation, Robotics, and  Space about how they have reinvented personalised shopping recommendations  using deep learning technology.


Amazon’s London Development  Centre employs software engineers and computer programmers working across our  global Amazon Video service to support product development and design for  ‘living room devices’, web, and mobile applications. The development centre  contributes towards innovations that include ‘ASAP’, which anticipates what you  want to watch next and pre-downloads the programme, and ‘X-Ray’, which allows  Prime Video viewers to easily and seamlessly learn more about the video they’re  watching in real time.

Amazon Web  Services (AWS) also has a significant team in London, and continues to grow  with new roles open for account managers, big data architects, cloud  infrastructure architects, data scientists, DevOps architects and consultants,  machine learning architects and specialists, operations specialists, software  developers, solutions architects, and technical instructors. AWS has been  continually expanding its services to support virtually any cloud workload, and  it now has over 165 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases,  networking, analytics, robotics, machine learning and artificial intelligence  (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, virtual and augmented  reality (VR and AR), media, and application development, deployment, and  management.

In addition to  the roles at the Development Centres Amazon is hiring for roles at: its head  office and fashion photography studio in London; its new corporate office in  Manchester; dozens of delivery stations across the country; and its growing  network of fulfilment centres, which support tens of thousands of independent  businesses of all sizes. Half of all units stocked in Amazon’s UK fulfilment  centres are held on behalf of sellers using Fulfilment by Amazon, a service  which enables sellers to store their products in Amazon's fulfillment centers  so they can be quickly and easily shipped to customers around the world.

Alongside the 2,000  new permanent roles announced today, Amazon announced earlier this year plans  for 1,000 new apprenticeships in the UK over the next two years. The  apprenticeships will consist of nine programmes, lasting between 13 months and  four years, across IT, software engineering, robotics, leadership and  technology, as well as safety and human resources. Alongside these roles more  than 90 new graduate and postgraduate apprentices will also become qualified  over the next two years as part of the programme, through on-the-job and  classroom training, focusing on software development engineering, senior  leadership and automation.

Working at Amazon

Amazon was  recently named #1 in LinkedIn’s ‘Top Companies’ poll. The poll is based on job  applications, views and connections on its career page, and retention of new  employees. Amazon was also named the  Most Popular Graduate Recruiter in Retail Award at the UK TARGETjobs Graduate  Awards 2018. It is the second year in a row Amazon has won the award.

In March, Amazon  announced Amazon Amplify, a new  programme to increase the number of women in technology and innovation roles.  Amplify builds on existing diversity-focused initiatives at the company,  including programmes to ensure diverse interview panels and increase volumes of  women applicants, affinity groups for women, LGBT+, BAME and disabled  employees, and transgender guidelines for managers and employees to support  transgender staff and their allies.

 In May AWS  launched AWS Get IT, a new initiative is designed to introduce all Year 8  students (12-13 year olds) in the UK to cloud computing and digital skills and  inspire more girls to consider a career in technology. The programme, developed  together with award winning youth training organisation Future Foundations,  will educate students on cloud computing technology and then invite them to  create an application to solve a real-world issue faced by their school or community. 

Last October, Amazon implemented in the UK  highly competitive pay rates starting at £9.50/hour or £10.50/hour depending on  location. Amazon also offers industry-leading benefits such as private medical  insurance, life assurance, income protection, subsidised meals, an employee  discount, as well as a company pension plan. Amazon also offers employees an  innovative programme called Career Choice that provides 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.

Amazon will also  this year hire graduates and interns in a variety of technical, non-technical  and Operations roles. Graduates and interns play a vital role at Amazon,  leading teams that work on key projects and helping Amazon to provide an even  better shopping experience for customers.

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