Doncaster has collected an early Christmas present on the jobs front after Amazon announced it will be taking on hundreds of extra workers.
Recruiting for seasonal jobs at the firm’s Balby Carr warehouse has started already and the firm emphasises some workers may be able to obtain permanent employment.
Doncaster business leaders also welcomed the news, pointing out it shows the town’s increasing potential for growth in the logistics market.
Amazon is hiring more than 10,000 temporary employees for its eight UK fulfilment centres during the busy Christmas period.
A spokesman confirmed hundreds of the seasonal employees will be recruited at the Doncaster fulfilment centre on temporary contracts to support the seasonal surge in demand in the run-up to the festive season.
The 415,000 sq ft centre, on the First Point business park at Balby Carr, opened in 2010 and is in the right area for expansion when the nearby White Rose Way becomes a dual carriageway to the M18 next year.
Catherine McDermott, director of operations at Amazon.co.uk Ltd, said: “On our busiest shopping day last Christmas, we saw customers order a total of three million items during one 24-hour period at a rate of 35 items every second.
“We look forward to welcoming a good number of new faces to the Doncaster centre over the coming weeks as well as welcoming back temporary employees who have joined us previously for the Christmas period.”
She pointed out that, in the last three years, thousands of UK employees initially on temporary contracts have moved into permanent roles.
“We are a company in growth and when we have permanent positions to fill, it’s the top performing temporary employees we look to,” said Ms McDermott.
Dan Fell, deputy chief executive of Doncaster Chamber, said: “The announcement that Amazon will be creating hundreds of seasonal jobs at their Doncaster warehouse over the Christmas period is very welcome news for Doncaster residents and the broader economy.
“This announcement also demonstrates that there is significant potential long term to create hundreds more jobs in the logistics sector in Doncaster and shows how important the sector can be to Doncaster’s future growth.
“This is particularly the case given the massive opportunities afforded to Doncaster through the airport, the Inland Port, the motorway network and the town’s strong manufacturing base which can be serviced by the logistics sector.”
Recruitment for the jobs is already underway and those interested in applying for a temporary role can visit www.amazon-operations.co.uk
The creation of the seasonal roles in Doncaster comes shortly after the opening of Amazon’s eighth UK fulfilment centre, in Hemel Hempstead, which will create 600 permanent jobs.
Amazon has also announced it will create 2,000 additional permanent new jobs at three further UK fulfilment centres over the next two years.
At the Christmas 2011 peak, Amazon’s UK fulfilment centres shipped over 2.1 million items in one 24-hour period – a total of 1,124 tonnes of goods – which meant a delivery truck left a fulfilment centre once every two minutes and 45 seconds.