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Edinburgh Primed for Amazon Jobs Boost Amid Fresh Recruitment Drive

Sinead Donnelly

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Edinburgh is set to benefit from Amazon’s latest recruitment drive, with jobs set to be created at its Waterloo Place development centre.

Amazon is set to create more than 2000 jobs across the UK, with 170 new positions at the company’s Development Centres in Edinburgh, Cambridge and London.

The Amazon Development Centre Scotland, located on Waterloo Place, is responsible for “devising and growing innovations for Amazon around the world”. Teams of developers, designers and leaders run parts of the business and technology operations.

Following the recruitment surge, the e-commerce giant will have a workforce of nearly 30,000 in the UK. Chancellor Philip Hammond described the new opportunities as a “vote of confidence in the British economy”.

“Today’s announcement from Amazon is a clear vote of confidence in the British economy, he said. “This government is supporting business to create the high-skilled, high-paid jobs of the future and these roles will benefit people across the UK, including the cities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, Manchester and London.”

The new jobs will encompass engineering, software development, data science, cloud computing and machine learning roles at its head office and at fulfilment centres. Amazon’s new corporate Manchester office which opened last year is also hiring.

Commenting on the announcement, Doug Gurr, UK manager at Amazon said the company will “continue to invest” and expand its business operations across the UK.

He said: “We are delighted to be able to continue to invest and grow our UK business. The UK is a fantastic hub for global talent and the exciting, innovative work that takes place here benefits Amazon’s customers around the world.

“Whether you are looking for a highly-specialised role at one of our fulfilment centres, or in a field such as machine learning or flight engineering, we offer a wide variety of opportunities.”

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In addition, Amazon has announced plans to create 1,000 full-time new UK apprenticeships over the next two years after over 1,000 new roles were filled in Manchester, Edinburgh and Cambridge last year.

Earlier this year, Amazon promised to significantly increase the number of women working in its business after growing concerns that technology companies are not promoting diversity in their workforce. However, the tech giant has not revealed how many women make up its UK workforce or how many of the roles created last year were filled by women. On a global scale, 39% of Amazon’s employees are composed of women.

This week the US firm also announced a further 1,800 permanent contract positions in France.

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Sinead Donnelly

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