Amazon reaffirms UK efforts with new distribution centre

Amazon has reiterated its commitment to the UK with the announcement of a new fulfilment centre in Bristol that will create over 1,000 jobs.

The online retailer, who recently came under scrutiny over a tax bill that saw it paying just £7.4 million in spite of UK profits of in excess of £7 billion, currently has 13 fulfilment centres in the country. 

The company said that these newly created jobs in Bristol are in addition to the 5,000 jobs that it is creating this year. Those new roles that were announced in July are to be based across three other new fulfillment centres in Tilbury, Doncaster and Daventry, in addition to being based at its offices in Cambridge, Edinburgh and London.

There will also be several full-time jobs created at Amazon’s fashion photography studio in Shoreditch. In total, Amazon will have a UK workforce of 24,000 by the year’s end. 

This news will serve as an emphasis on the company’s statement last month that Brexit has not affected its ability to hire staff in the UK. Doug Gurr, Amazon UK country manager, said in a statement: "We are creating thousands of new UK jobs including hundreds of apprenticeship opportunities as we continue to innovate for our customers and provide them with even faster delivery, more selection and better value."

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