Amazon to Create Record 5000 Jobs in UK for 2017

Posted by Nicole Williams on 20 February 2017

Online retailer Amazon is set to create more than 5000 jobs in Britain this year, according to a statement released on Monday, boosting its investment in the country once more even as Britain prepares to leave the EU.

Amazon has continued to increase its commitment to the UK, along with Google and Apple, and says that Britain's referendum decision to leave the EU last June did not affect its investment plans.

The plans to add over 5,000 jobs in 2017 is a record for Amazon in Britain, although at least 2,000 of these jobs had been previously announced. The move will take its permanent workforce in the country to 24,000.

Doug Gurr, UK country manager at Amazon, said the jobs would provide "even faster delivery, more selection and better value" for British customers.

Amazon's new head office in London will have capacity for more than 5,000 people by the end of the year, the firm said. The concentration of tech expertise in London has been cited by many firms as an attraction.