E-commerce giant Amazon.com says that will create 2,000 permanent jobs in the UK as it opens three new fulfilment centres over the next two years.
The fulfilment centres will be used to store, pack and dispatch goods, but jobs they will also create jobs in HR, IT facilities management and learning and developments, Amazon.com said.
3,000 new temporary roles will also be created over the busy Christmas period, it said.
The announcement came on the same day Amazon opened its eighth UK fulfilment centre in Hemel Hempstead, a 450,000 square foot building, which Amazon says in itself will create 600 new jobs.
“The decision to open three further fulfilment centres by the end of 2014 is part of the company’s on-going mission to deliver an exceptional experience for customers by providing the best availability and the widest selection of products,” said Amazon in a statement.
“We have created thousands of jobs in the UK over the last few years and are delighted to announce that we plan to create thousands more in the next 24 months,” said Christopher North, managing director of Amazon.
“Our recruitment team has been exceptionally busy recently hiring hundreds of employees at the Hemel Hempstead fulfilment centre and they will certainly be busy over the next couple of years as we continue to expand to provide customers with the best possible experience. We look forward to welcoming thousands of new recruits to the Amazon team,” North said.
Prime Minister David Cameron said that announcement would benefit both individuals finding work and the UK economy.
“I am delighted that Amazon will create thousands of new jobs … this shows that the UK has the infrastructure and talent to continue to attract major investments from leading companies such as Amazon,” he said.
The company already has fulfilment centres in Marston Gate, Doncaster, Peterborough and Rugeley in England.
In July, Amazon unveiled plans to open a new digital media research and development facility in London, which will house software developers and designers focused on “the creation of interactive digital services for TVs, game consoles, smartphones and PCs,” the company said at the time.
The online retailer, along with Google, was rated as one of the least transparent tech giants by Transparency International’s latest disclosure rankings in July.