Amazon creates 1,500 new jobs across Manchester and Leicestershire

Amazon creates 1,500 new jobs across Manchester and Leicestershire

Amazon is to create 1,500 new permanent jobs with the opening of fulfilment centres in Manchester and Leicestershire this Autumn.

In Manchester Amazon will create 1,000 new jobs over three years at a fulfillment centre near Manchester Airport. In Leicestershire, meanwhile, Amazon will open a 1m sq ft fulfilment centre in Coalville, which will create 500 permanent jobs over three years.

The new roles are part of Amazon’s plans to create 2,500 permanent jobs in the UK this year, bringing the company’s total workforce to 14,500 by the end of 2016.

Amazon will be recruiting for a range of positions, from operations managers to engineers, HR and IT roles to associates who will handle orders, it said.

As well as creating more jobs in its UK fulfilment centres, Amazon is planning to hire across the country at its head office, research and development centres, customer service centres, Fashion Photography Studio and new Amazon Web Services (AWS) UK data centres, which are currently being built in the UK.

The company said it had invested more than £4.6bn in the UK economy to build and run its UK business since 2010.

John Tagawa, Amazon’s vice president of UK Operations, said: “We are excited to open our first fulfilment centre in the North West of England. We are proud to continue to add new permanent jobs to grow our dedicated and enthusiastic workforce who play a crucial role in delivering a first rate level of service for our customers.”

Mike Kane, MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East, said it was "fantastic news" for residents of Wythenshawe and Sale East. "1,000 new permanent jobs over three years will open up new opportunities for many people in my constituency," he said. "This investment is another big step in the renaissance of Wythenshawe.”

Andrew Bridgen, MP for North West Leicestershire, also said he welcomed Amazon’s investment in North West Leicestershire along with its potential for 500 jobs.

"North West Leicestershire continues to be an area good for business and  long-term investment and we are currently enjoying one of the highest economic  growth rates outside London and the South East." he said.

Amazon has 10 fulfilment centres in the UK, including two in Doncaster and one each in Dunfermline, Dunstable, Gourock, Hemel Hempstead, Milton Keynes, Peterborough, Rugeley and Swansea Bay. Two of these centres opened in 2015.