Amazon delivers jobs joy for Doncaster

Amazon distribution centre in Doncaster.
Amazon distribution centre in Doncaster.
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Doncaster is set for a jobs boost thanks to a recruitment drive at the town’s Amazon warehouse.

Amazon has announced that 800 temporary workers will move into permanent roles at its UK fulfilment centres before the end of the year.

The firm announced plans to recruit more than 100 seasonal staff in Doncaster last month – and now says the posts could be made permanent.

Dan Fell, ‎Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Doncaster Chamber, today welcomed the news.

He said: “Amazon’s commitment to job creation in Doncaster highlights the area’s growing importance in the field of logistics and distribution of which the airport link road project is another excellent example.

“Job creation, especially permanent positions like these, is always a good thing

and should be celebrated.”

An announcement is expected in the next two months about how many of the 800 jobs will be based at the Doncaster centre on Balby Carr Bank.

The news comes as Amazon moves from five-day eight-hour shifts to four-day 10-hour shifts at its fulfilment centre network in the UK.

The change will mean employees will get three days off every week.

“Every one of our employees will be working over the Christmas period to delight customers by delivering millions of items on a daily basis and we are pleased to be creating 800 new permanent roles in our centres ahead of the Christmas period,” said Catherine McDermott, UK Operations Director at Amazon.

“Having recently reviewed and improved pay rates and overall compensation package, we are now moving to a four-day week which will provide employees with more days of free time and the potential for savings in terms of time and money.”

Amazon said last year it hired 10,000 seasonal staff in the run-up to the festive season and by the end of January had offered roles to 1,000 of them.

It has more than 6,000 permanent employees in this country.