UK Amazon permanent workforce to grow by 2k to 29.5k in 2019

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By the end for 2019, the Amazon permanent workforce will number more than 29,500 employees by the end of the year following their announcement that they will offer 2,000 new employees jobs at the company.

The roles, which are available to people with a broad range of experience, disciplines and skills, include engineers, software developers, data scientists, and cloud and machine learning experts, along with a number of entry-level positions. Amazon said that the breadth of the roles available reflect the range of expertise Amazon’s has in the UK and the important role employees based in the UK play in developing exciting new technologies that benefit Amazon’s customers around the world.

“Today’s announcement from Amazon is a clear vote of confidence in the British economy. This government is supporting business to create the high-skilled, high-paid jobs of the future, and these roles will benefit people across the UK, including the cities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, Manchester and London. Thanks to our record investment in infrastructure, skills and research and development, we will continue to lead the technological revolution.”
– Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer

“We are delighted to be able continue to invest and grow our UK business. The UK is a fantastic hub for global talent and the exciting, innovative work that takes place here benefits Amazon’s customers around the world. Whether you are looking for a highly-specialised role at one of our fulfilment centres or in a field such as machine learning or flight engineering, we offer a wide variety of opportunities.”
– Doug Gurr, UK Country Manager, Amazon

New UK Amazon permanent workforce opportunities

Of the jobs created over 170 will be at its Development Centres in Cambridge, Edinburgh and London. These are highly-skilled roles working on exciting and innovative new technologies that benefit Amazon’s customers around the world.


In Amazon’s Cambridge Development Centre, expert teams help to build and continually improve the knowledge systems within Alexa, the cloud-based voice service used on devices including Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Fire TV, and Fire TV Stick in the US. They also work on U.K. Amazon Web Services also has a presence in Cambridge designing and building the next generation of cloud storage.


In Edinburgh (Amazon’s first Development Centre outside the U.S., established in 2004), teams of engineers, scientists, designers and product managers work on innovations that power Amazon’s capabilities in advertising technology, personalised shopping recommendations, product relationships, and global talent management. Most recently, the team has been talking at re:MARS, a new global AI event from Amazon focusing on Machine Learning, Automation, Robotics, and Space about how they have reinvented personalised shopping recommendations using deep learning technology.


Amazon’s London Development Centre employs software engineers and computer programmers working across our global Amazon Video service to support product development and design for ‘living room devices’, web, and mobile applications. The development centre contributes towards innovations that include ‘ASAP’, which anticipates what you want to watch next and pre-downloads the programme, and ‘X-Ray’, which allows Prime Video viewers to easily and seamlessly learn more about the video they’re watching in real time.

In addition to the roles at the Development Centres Amazon is hiring for roles at: its head office and fashion photography studio in London; its new corporate office in Manchester; dozens of delivery stations across the country; and its growing network of fulfilment centres, which support tens of thousands of independent businesses of all sizes. Alongside the 2,000 new permanent roles just announced, Amazon announced earlier this year plans for 1,000 new apprenticeships in the UK over the next two years. Amazon also announced earlier a £1m fund for apprenticeships in SME merchant businesses.

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