Retail online giant Amazon has said it will create a further 7,000 jobs in the UK this year to meet growing demand.
Amazon said it has added 3,000 roles so far in 2020, and will therefore create a total of 10,000 new jobs by the end of the year.
This would take its total UK permanent staff to over 40,000.
Amazon says the new jobs will be permanent and at least in an hour. 9.50 will pay. It is also recruiting 20,000 seasonal posts for the festive period.
The company has faced criticism in the past since the union over The way he treats the staff And Health and safety.
The coronavirus crisis and lockdown, which saw many high street shops temporarily closed, prompted a huge increase in shopping online shopping, benefiting online giants such as Amazon Online Amazon.
This Recent retail sales figures UK online sales in July were up 50% from pre-epidemic levels in February.
Sales Online sales reached a record high of more than 30% in May as a proportion of all retail sales in July, before returning to more than the previous 28% in July.
Amazon hired thousands of temporary workers during the epidemic, and he says many of them will now be able to move into these new permanent roles.
The company is recruiting on more than 50 sites. It said the creation of new roles, including engineers, graduates, human resources, IT, health and safety and financial experts, as well as teams that would select, pack and ship customer orders, was in response to growing customer demand. .
“At the heart of the Job Creation Program are three new, state-of-the-art fulfillment centers in Darlington, Durham and Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, each with advanced Amazon robotics technology and each creating more than a thousand new” permanent roles. ” The firm said in a statement.
“Construction of these new fulfillment centers began last year. Darlington began operations in May and sites in Durham and Sutton-in-Ashfield will begin later this fall.”
Amazon’s “huge expansion” in the UK is a bit of a surprise, as the tech giant has seen a sharp increase in sales, as the e-commerce sector has boomed during the epidemic, “said Surganah Streeter, senior investment and markets analyst at Hargreaves Lansdowne.
“Despite spending billions of dollars to manage the coronavirus crisis, Amazon also saw a big increase in profits in the second quarter.
“With plans to expand across the UK, high street retailers will have to make some dramatic changes if they are to compete with the king of e-commerce.”
The news that Amazon is generating 7,000 permanent jobs should probably come as no surprise. Amazon has now quadrupled its workforce from 10,000 to 40,000 in the last five years, and the launch of the COVID-19 has sparked a clear trend toward online rather than physical retail.
Last week, Tesco announced it would create 16,000 new permanent posts, as they reported that sales online sales that took 20 years to make up 9% of their sales took just 20 weeks, nearly doubling to 16 % Is done.
Both Amazon and Tesco hired thousands of temporary workers to meet that demand – both clearly feel the shift is permanent.
At a time when so many people are losing their jobs – thousands of new job announcements are welcome. But the decline in overall retail employment and the recent decline have reflected the rise and growth of Amazon.
With Amazon adding 300,000 jobs in five years, Office Fees for National Statistics says total retail jobs are down 106,000 over the same period, not including the COVID effect.
Amazon has always been criticized for paying too little tax but profits are taxed and Amazon’s retail business operates near zero profit margins. It is very difficult to compete with it.
Business Secretary Alok Sharma said the epidemic had been a “challenging time for many businesses”, but the new Amazon jobs were “hugely encouraging”.
Many companies – especially high street retailers – have been cutting jobs due to the effects of the coronavirus epidemic in recent months and The government’s job retention scheme is slowing down.
Number of employees on UK payrolls 730,000 dropped During March to July According to the most recent figures.
However, while many sectors have been hit hard, some companies are hiring.
Courier pay firm DPD and B&Q owner Kingfisher Said in June that they would recruit thousands more staff.
Supermarket, j Outbreaks appear to be exacerbated during this time, Has also been hired.
Tesco said in August It will create 16,000 permanent jobs His business grew “exceptionally” after the downfall.
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