The Amazon network in the UK continues to expand with a new Rugby Amazon Fulfilment Centre opening with 400 new permanent jobs. Amazon has started already started recruiting for roles at the fulfilment centre, including operations managers, engineers, HR and IT specialists. The hiring process for the Amazon team members who will pick, pack and ship customer orders will begin in the next few weeks.
Stefano Perego is Amazon’s Director of UK Customer Fulfilment says: “We are delighted to expand our operations in the Midlands where we already have a dedicated workforce of more than 2,500 people at fulfilment centres in Rugeley, Coalville and Daventry. We are thrilled to begin recruitment for 400 new permanent roles in Rugby with competitive wages and comprehensive benefits starting on day one.”
People interested in applying for jobs at the Rugby Amazon Fulfilment Centre (and elsewhere) can visit www.myamazonjob.com/fulfillment-centers/rugby
The hourly rate, as the job site notes, for permanent Amazon employees increases over their first two years of employment. Then all employees earn £8.35 an hour and above. All permanent Amazon fulfilment centre employees are given stock grants, which over the last five years were apparently on average equal to £1,000 or more per year per person. Employees are also offered other employee benefits including private medical insurance, life assurance, income protection, subsidised meals and an employee discount, which Amazon say are combined worth over £700 per year. And there is also a company pension plan.
It’s obvious from the details Amazon have included in this latest expansion announcement that they are sensitive to criticism they have received in the media in recent months about staff pay and conditions and are keen to emphasise the positives about the package that they offer to their staff.
But in any locale, the creation of 400 permanent jobs is always a boost to the economy. And in these uncertain times is all the more welcome and proves that Amazon is committed to UK growth.