Amazon has vowed to create 1,000 new jobs for researchers, software developers and machine learning scientists across the UK next year. The majority of the new roles will be based in Manchester, where the online services giant is opening a 600-person office.
The team will be spread across six floors of the Hanover Building in the city’s Northern Quarter, and will work on a range of software development, machine learning and R&D projects. Amazon is also expanding its development centres in Edinburgh, where an additional 250 tech jobs will be created, and Cambridge, where a further 180 will join the company. Its corporate headcount is expected to rise to 6,500 by the end of this year and grow further in 2019.
“With the UK taking a leading role in our global innovation, we are delighted to announce plans to create capacity for over 1,000 new highly-skilled roles across the country,” said Doug Gurr, the head of Amazon in the UK. “These are Silicon Valley jobs in Britain, and further cement our long-term commitment to the UK.”
“It is great global tech giant Amazon has chosen Manchester, a vital part of the Northern Powerhouse, to open their new office and are creating hundreds of high-skilled jobs up and down the country,” added Jeremy Wright, the digital and culture secretary. “Our booming digital sector is one of the fastest-growing industries in the UK and this is a vote of confidence in our world-leading skills in tech innovation.”
In September, the firm became the second company in history to gain, albeit briefly, a trillion dollar valuation. A month later, it announced it would increase its British and American warehouse workers’ minimum wage. “We listened to our critics, thought hard about what we wanted to do, and decided we want to lead,” said CEO and founder Jeff Bezos in a statement at the time.
Within hours it emerged that the company had removed British workers’ employee share and incentive schemes. The GMB union said the move would halve the pay increase.