Thousands of jobs to be created at three new fulfilment centres by the end of 2014
Slough – 7th September 2012: Amazon has today announced that it will create more than 2,000 permanent jobs over the next two years with the opening of three new fulfilment centres in the UK. The announcement comes on the day of the official opening of its eighth UK fulfilment centre in Hemel Hempstead which will itself create 600 new permanent jobs.
Up to 3,000 temporary jobs will also be created at the three new fulfilment centres during the Christmas peak period.
“We have created thousands of jobs in the UK over the last few years and are delighted to announce that we plan to create thousands more in the next 24 months,” said Christopher North, Managing Director of Amazon.co.uk Ltd. “Our recruitment team has been exceptionally busy recently hiring hundreds of employees at the Hemel Hempstead fulfilment centre and they will certainly be busy over the next couple of years as we continue to expand to provide customers with the best possible experience. We look forward to welcoming thousands of new recruits to the Amazon team.”
Opportunities at the new centres will include roles in HR, IT, facilities management, Learning and Development and a number of operational management areas.
Prime Minister David Cameron said: “I am delighted that Amazon will create thousands of new jobs. This is great news, not only for those individuals who will find work, but for the UK economy. This shows that the UK has the infrastructure and talent to continue to attract major investments from leading companies such as Amazon.”
Today sees the official opening of Amazon’s 450,000 square foot fulfilment centre at Mammoth in Boundary Way, Hemel Hempstead. The decision to open three further fulfilment centres by the end of 2014 is part of the company’s on-going mission to deliver an exceptional experience for customers by providing the best availability and the widest selection of products.
Other fulfilment centres include Marston Gate, Doncaster, Peterborough and Rugeley in England, Dunfermline and Gourock in Scotland and Swansea Bay in Wales.
For further information please contact: This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Actual results may differ significantly from management's expectations. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that include, among others, risks related to competition, management of growth, new products, services and technologies, potential fluctuations in operating results, international expansion, outcomes of legal proceedings and claims, fulfillment center optimization, seasonality, commercial agreements, acquisitions and strategic transactions, foreign exchange rates, system interruption, inventory, government regulation and taxation, payments and fraud. More information about factors that potentially could affect Amazon.com's financial results is included in Amazon.com's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent filings.
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