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Amazon is planning 4,000 more jobs in the U.K. this year, defying the tech downturn

Amazon is planning 4,000 more jobs in the U.K. this year

July 18, 2022: -On Friday, Amazon announced it would create over 4,000 permanent jobs in the U.K. in 2022, fighting a wave of job cuts in the tech industry.

The roles will contain job functions in software development, product management, and engineering and operational duties in fulfillment centers, sort posts, and delivery stations.

Additional staff will be added in a few regions across the U.K., including Wakefield and Knowsley in northern England, where the firm is opening two new Amazon fulfillment centers.

The company said that the hiring push would bring Amazon’s permanent workforce in Britain to over 75,000.

“We’re continuing to invest in talent across the U.K.,” John Boumphrey, Amazon’s U.K. country manager, said in a press release.

“People join us not just for the wide variety of roles, great pay, and benefits, but for the career development opportunities we provide.”

The company’s U.K. hiring spree differs from other parts of the tech industry. The sector is reckoning a reversal in fortunes between the growing inflation and higher interest rates.

Major firms, which include Microsoft, Netflix, and Robinhood, have slashed varying numbers of jobs, among other cost-cutting measures, in anticipation of slowing economic growth.

Hiring at Amazon increased during the Covid pandemic after stay-at-home restrictions boosted e-commerce sales. Nevertheless, the company’s chief financial officer, Brian Olsavsky, said on a current earnings call that the firm became “overstaffed” due to its Covid hiring spree.

Amazon has faced criticism over its treatment of workers in the past. For instance, delivery drivers and warehouse staff have grumbled about poor working conditions, and questions have been raised over workplace safety at the company.

Amazon says that it is working to improve the situation and is investing billions of dollars in recent safety measures and technologies.

In April, workers at Amazon’s Staten Island warehouse made history by voting to enter a union, the only time that’s happened in the U.S.

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