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Amazon to create 1,000 jobs in Manchester at new fulfilment centre

Over the next three years, online retailer Amazon will be recruiting staff for its first fulfilment centre in north-west England

Amazon will be recruiting for IT and HR roles alongside engineers and operations managers to work at the new site, which will open later this year.

Speaking about this latest development, the MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East, Mike Kane, said that it was fantastic news for all his constituents and that this newest investment will continue to develop the area of Wythenshawe.

Amazon currently has 10 fulfilment centres around the UK: Dunfermline, Hemel Hempstead, Swansea Bay, Dunstable, Milton Keynes, Rugeley, Gourock, Peterborough, and two in Doncaster. Two of these centres opened in 2015 and are part of Amazon’s ambitious plans to expand further across the UK, creating 2,500 permanent jobs in the process. This will take the total workforce to 14,500.

There are already plans to create a further fulfilment centre in Coalville, Leicestershire, which would take the total number of centres to 12. Amazon says that it has invested £4.6bn in the economy since 2010 across its developments.

Warehouse workers at Amazon earn £7.20 or more per hour, which is set to increase over the next two years by at least 11 per cent.

The hiring for these latest positions will take place at Amazon’s customer service centre in Edinburgh; at three research and development centres in London, Edinburgh and Cambridge; at its London head office; and at warehouses around the UK. The online retailer is also recruiting for positions that will help support its new UK datacentre region.

Speaking about its latest fulfilment centre, Amazon’s vice-president of UK operations, John Tagawa, said the company was excited to open its first centre in north-west England and will continue to create permanent positions within its enthusiastic and dedicated workforce.

Amazon also has plans to open a new head office in Old Street in central London next year, which will be home to 5,000 employees.

Amazon also featured in the news recently when it caused a stir by announcing that it had secured a deal that will see it selling food from the UK’s fourth-largest supermarket, Morrisons. The frozen, chilled and fresh food from Morrisons will be available through Amazon’s Prime Now and Pantry services, and should be available within the next three months.

The Prime Now service, which currently operates in Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham, London and Liverpool, delivers products to customers in these areas in one hour for a delivery charge of £6.99. There are already plans in place to expand this service further.

Amazon Pantry, which is a service that enables customers to create a box of groceries to be delivered the next day, is available nationwide.

It has also been rumoured that Amazon has signed up Frances Russell, the former clothing head at Marks & Spencer, amid plans to expand further into the fashion industry with its own clothing label.

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