Amazon, one of the world’s largest Internet-based retailers, is going to open its first fulfillment centre in north-west England, generating as many as 1,000 new jobs in Manchester over the period of next three years.
The online retailer said it has started the process of recruiting engineers, operations managers, and other employees for IT and HR roles at the new site, which will start operating later this year.
Mike Kane, a representative for Wythenshawe and Sale East, welcomed the company’s decision, calling it “fantastic news” for his constituents and “another big step” in the revitalization of Wythenshawe’s economy.
Amazon is hiring employees at its head office in London for its three Research & Development (R&D) centers in Cambridge, Edinburgh and London. The company is also recruiting people for its new UK data centre.
The company has plans to open a new head office, which will have a workforce of around 5,000 people, in Old Street of central London in 2017. The move is part of the company’s plans to expand across the UK market, generating at least 2,500 permanent jobs.
The new centre in north-west England will join Amazon’s ten fulfillment centers in the UK, including two in Doncaster and one each in Gourock, Hemel Hempstead, Dunfermline, Rugeley, Swansea Bay, Dunstable, Milton Keynes and Peterborough.