Amazon to create 2,000 UK tech jobs

Amazon has announced it is opening 2,000 new jobs in the UK over the course of 2019, including data, analytics and cloud computing roles.

The e-commerce giant said the move to boost numbers in its UK head office, research and development and Amazon Web Services (AWS) and operations units, would bring its total number of permanent UK jobs to more than 29,500.

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 of the jobs created, over 170 will be at its development centres in Cambridge, Edinburgh and London.

The company described the roles as “highly-skilled”, working on exciting and innovative new technologies that would benefit Amazon’s customers around the world.

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.

AWS, the company’s fast-growing cloud computing business, has a significant team in London, and continues to grow, with new roles open for account managers, big data architects, cloud infrastructure architects, data scientists, DevOps architects and consultants, machine learning architects and specialists, operations specialists, software developers, solutions architects and technical instructors.

Philip Hammond, chancellor of the exchequer, said: “Today’s announcement from Amazon is a clear vote of confidence in the British economy.

“Thanks to our record investment in infrastructure, skills and research and development, we will continue to lead the technological revolution.”

Amazon said the company had invested over £9.3 billion in its UK operations since 2010.

Doug Gurr, Amazon UK country manager, said: “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.”

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