LONDON Oct 6 Online retailer Amazon
said on Thursday it would create over 300 new jobs next year
when it opens a distribution centre in central England,
maintaining a wave of investment in Britain.
Plans for the centre in Daventry follow announcements in
August that the firm will open fulfilment facilities in Tilbury,
south east England, and Doncaster, northern England in 2017,
creating 2,000 jobs.
The new jobs in Daventry, Tilbury and Doncaster are in
addition to the 3,500 it expects to create in Britain in 2016,
spanning head office, research and development centres, customer
service centres, a fashion photography studio, Amazon Web
Services and distribution centres.
Those jobs will take Amazon's total full-time permanent UK
employees to over 15,500 by the end of 2016.
Amazon is increasing the size of its UK distribution network
to meet customer demand, driven in part by the 40 percent growth
last year in the number of independent businesses selling on
Amazon and using its fulfilment services.
Amazon's new UK manager Doug Gurr said in July Britain's
decision to leave the European Union had not affected its
investment plans for the country.
The firm said it has invested more than 4.6 billion in the
UK since 2010.
(Reporting by James Davey, Editing by Paul Sandle)