Amazon is planning a global recruitment drive to hire 55,000 staff, including 2,500 in the UK, to meet demand for online retail and digital advertising.
The retail giant said around 40,000 jobs will be created in the US, with 2,500 in the UK and the rest mainly in India, Germany and Japan.
Amazon currently employs more than 55,000 people across the UK after recruiting 10,000 people earlier this year.
The new drive was announced ahead of Amazon Career Day, which takes place on 16th September. New UK staff will be hired for its offices in London and Manchester alongside its tech hubs in Cambridge and Edinburgh, as well as data centres and fulfilment centres.
Its move comes as the company seeks to keep up with the pandemic-fuelled spike in online retail, technology and digital advertising.
“We are working hard every day to be the best place for people to have satisfying and fulfilling long-term careers,” said Amazon c.e.o. Andy Jassy, who took over from founder Jeff Bezos last year. “Amazon continues to grow quickly and relentlessly invent across many areas, and we’re hoping that Career Day gives job seekers the support they need to learn new skills or reimagine their careers at Amazon or elsewhere.”
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