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Amazon gears up to deliver biggest Christmas ever, expanding hiring plans to now create 3,500 new permanent UK jobs this year


Plan  to create a further 1,000+ jobs by end of 2016 in addition to 2,500 jobs announced  earlier this year spanning Head Office, R&D Centres, Customer Service  Centre, Fulfilment Centres, Fashion Photography Studio and AWS
  Growth  driven by investments in innovation, corporate functions, new AWS Data Centre  Region, new fulfilment centres in Manchester and Leicestershire, and rollout of  offerings including ultra-fast Prime Now, now one-year old and available to more  than 30% of the UK population Summer 2016 Trends Report reveals latest shopping and  entertainment habits across Britain

LONDON—6 July 2016— Amazon today announced plans to create a further 1,000 permanent  jobs across the UK this year, on top of 2,500 permanent roles previously  announced in January, in preparation for the festive season. This includes  resourcing Amazon’s fastest delivery service Prime Now, which a year after  launch is now available to more than 30% of the UK population.  The announcement coincided with the release of’s bi-annual shopping and entertainment trends report, which  highlights popular products from its selection of more than 150 million items  across more than 35 product categories.

Doug Gurr, UK Country Manager, for  Amazon said: “We are creating thousands of new jobs to continue to deliver the  experience our customers know and love during the festive season and beyond. We  are hiring for all types of roles from software engineers, computer programmers  and corporate managers in our R&D centres and head office, to operations  managers, engineers, service technicians, HR roles and order fulfilment roles in  our fulfilment centres.”

Investing in 3,500 permanent UK jobs this year
Amazon is now planning to create  more than 3,500 permanent full-time jobs in the UK this year. This includes 2,500  permanent roles previously announced in January, as well as a further 1,000+  permanent roles announced today. This will bring the total number of full time  permanent employees to more than 15,500 by the end of this year, with new  recruits working at the company’s UK head office in London; Research and  Development (R&D) centres in Cambridge, Edinburgh and London; the customer  service centre in Edinburgh; fulfilment centres and delivery stations across  the UK; the Fashion Photography Studio in Shoreditch, and to run the Amazon Web  Services (AWS) UK Region due to be in place by early 2017.

Amazon has invested more than  £4.6bn into the UK economy since 2010, and the news comes just weeks after  business networking site LinkedIn ranked Amazon one of the top ten UK companies  for both attracting and retaining talent.


Prime Now celebrates first year
Amazon also today announced that  Prime Now, its ultra-fast delivery service, is now available to more than 30%  of the UK population.  Prime Now launched  in London in June 2015 and has spread rapidly across the capital and beyond to  Birmingham, Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Portsmouth, South  Yorkshire and Surrey.  Prime Now is a  mobile app available to Prime members and offers one-hour delivery on more than  15,000 popular items for £6.99, or delivery at no extra charge within a choice  of two-hour, same-day delivery slots between 8am and midnight, seven days a  week.  

Customers can choose from  thousands of items, including essentials such as nappies, coffee, chocolate and  fresh milk, as well as other popular items like games consoles, toys, gifts and  sports equipment—all via a simple and easy-to-use mobile app.  

One of the fastest Amazon Prime Now deliveries to date was Call of Duty: Black Ops III (PS4), which  was ordered at 10:06am, sent out from Amazon’s Erdington delivery station in  Birmingham and delivered at 10:21am to a postcode in Castle Vale, taking just  15 minutes from click to play. 

“One year ago we reinvented fast delivery  with the launch of the Prime Now app that makes it easy for customers to discover  over 15,000 items for one-hour delivery, or select a same-day delivery slot at  no extra charge,” said Gurr. “We’ve delivered on our promise to rollout quickly  with the service available to millions of people from Newcastle to Portsmouth,  and we’re continuing to invest to bring ultra-fast delivery to more and more of  the UK.”

Amazon Summer 2016 Trends Report also today announced  its bi-annual Trends Report, sharing insight on the shopping and entertainment  habits across Britain based on sales of items from and the tens of  thousands of independent small businesses selling on Amazon Marketplace. The  report includes new independent research that finds that Amazon Marketplace  sellers support more than 74,000 jobs in the UK.  Globally, nearly half of all units sold on  Amazon are now sold though Amazon Marketplace sellers.  The number of UK sellers generating more than  £1m in revenues has increased 20% in the past year, supported by a 33% increase  in the number of units exported, with UK exports reaching nearly £1.4bn last  year.’s Summer 2016 Trends  Report lifts the lid on Britain’s online shopping habits, including: favourite  products and ‘must haves’ of the year so far; the top 10 print and eBooks; the  best-selling products in each region of the UK; the most watched programmes on  Prime Video; and the most listened to music on Prime Music.  The report can be seen in full by visiting

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