Amazon to hire 1,000 UK distribution staff to meet demand

Amazon is on a recruiting drive. The e-tail giant is looking for 1,000 more permanent staff for its UK distribution centres.

It already employs 6,000 people at its UK warehouses and customer service centres. These extra staff will join Amazon’s ‘fulfilment’ centres in Doncaster, Dunfermline, Gourock, Hemel Hempstead, Milton Keynes, Peterborough, Rugeley and Swansea Bay in the next few months.

Last week, it announced plans to open its first retail store in New York.

“Over the past two years, we have added well in excess of 2,000 new employees to our workforce and we are delighted to be able to add a further 1,000 to that number over the coming months,” John Tagawa, director of UK operations at Amazon, told the Guardian. “As we see greater demand, we are able to rapidly grow our talented team across the UK.”

The Amazon store in New York is likely to act as a test bed. If it’s successful, we could see Amazon outlets hit the UK high street. Which would be ironic, seeing as it’s played such a big part in decimating it in recent years.

The store will open across the street from the Empire State Building. It could also act as a pick-up point for online orders, if you need something urgently. Which would surely come in handy around Christmas time.

Amazon recently launched its Fire Phone in the UK, though it’s only offered through O2 at present. It has received mixed reviews, and the price was recently slashed in the US following news that it had sold only 35,000 units.

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