Amazon to hire 10,000 workers at five new warehouses – including 1,300 jobs in South Yorkshire

Amazon is to create 10,000 jobs at five new UK warehouses - including one in Doncaster - after record sales during the pandemic.

Friday, 14th May 2021, 11:36 am

The online giant is set to hire 1,300 at a new parcel centre in the town, where it already has three large sites. It is part of a major expansion over the next 12 months that will see new fulfilment centres in Gateshead, Hinckley, East Midlands, Dartford and Swindown.

New jobs will also be created in corporate offices, web services and operations networks in areas including London, Manchester, Edinburgh, and Cambridge.

Amazon announced it will invest £10million over three years to train up to 5,000 employees in new skills.

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Amazon has notched up record sales in the pandemic.

The firm is also creating 75,000 roles in Canada and the USA.

It comes after record sales during lockdown, net income more than tripled to $8.1 billion in the first three months of 2021.

Amazon's UK country manager John Boumphrey said: "We're creating thousands of good jobs across the UK from a diverse range of roles with excellent pay and benefits.

"We're proud of the front-line roles we offer across Amazon, and we also know that they will be a stepping stone for some in their career journey."

Amazon at Doncaster iPort. Picture: Chris Etchells

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said: "Amazon's announcement is fantastic news and a huge vote of confidence in the British economy, helping us deliver on our commitment to level up across the UK with a whopping 10,000 new permanent jobs.

"As we build back better from the pandemic, this is a prime investment in our retail sector."

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Thank you. Nancy Fielder, editor.