Online retail giant Amazon has said it will create a further 7,000 UK jobs this year to meet growing demand.
Amazon said it had already added 3,000 roles so far in 2020, and so by the end of the year it will have created a total of 10,000 new jobs.
Susannah Streeter, senior investment and markets analyst, Hargreaves Lansdown comments on the announcement: “This huge expansion announced in the UK by Amazon comes as little surprise, given the massive surge in sales the tech giant has experienced, as the e commerce sector boomed during the pandemic.
“Despite spending billions of dollars gearing itself up to operate through the coronavirus crisis, Amazon still delivered a huge increase in profits during the second quarter. The company doesn’t anticipate orders slowing in the coming months, saying the new jobs, which include engineers, graduates, HR and IT professionals, will help it meet growing customer demand.
“Amazon had already added 3,000 jobs this year across its UK fulfilment centres, and this latest recruitment round will see a further 7,000 new permanent roles created, with another 2,000 temporary positions due to be advertised for the busy Christmas period. With expansion planned right across the UK, high street retailers are going to have to deliver some dramatic changes if they’re to compete with the king of e-commerce.”