Amazon Manchester FC to open this Autumn

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Amazon have announced the opening of a second fulfilment centre for 2016. Long anticipated, Amazon’s new Manchester fulfilment centre, situated close to Manchester Airport, will open in the autumn, creating 1,000 new permanent jobs over three years. This will be their first location in the North West of England.

The announcement of the Manchester warehouse follows news of a 1m square foot Fulfilment Centre in Coalville, Leicestershire. Coalville will create another 500 permanent jobs over three years.

The opening of the two new sites will take the number of Amazon fulfilment centres in the UK to 12 and the new roles are part of Amazon’s plans to create 2,500 permanent jobs in the UK this year, bringing the company’s total workforce to 14,500 by the end of 2016.

Amazon’s existing UK fulfilment centres are two in Doncaster and one each in Dunfermline, Dunstable, Gourock, Hemel Hempstead, Milton Keynes, Peterborough, Rugeley and Swansea Bay.

Amazon has started the recruitment programme for a range of positions, from operations managers to engineers, HR and IT roles at the Manchester fulfilment centre. Amazon will begin hiring for other positions in the coming months.

Amazon say that all permanent fulfilment centre employees start on £7.20 an hour or more. This rate increases by at least 11% over their first two years of employment, by which time all employees earn £8 an hour or more. All permanent fulfilment centre employees are given stock grants, which over the last five years were on average equal to £1,000 or more per year per person. Fulfilment centre employees also receive a comprehensive benefits package, including private medical insurance, a company pension plan, life assurance, income protection, subsidised meals and an employee discount.

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