Online retail giant Amazon is creating 70 new jobs in Stoke-on-Trent as part of national expansion plans which will see it recruit more than 10,000 permanent employees this year.
Amazon has already created 3,000 new permanent roles across its network of fulfilment centres, sort centres and delivery stations this year.
Now it is looking to take on a further 7,000 employees across more than 50 sites in the UK by the end of 2020.
This includes 70 new permanent staff at Amazon’s Stoke-on-Trent delivery station at Trentham Lakes – almost doubling its current 150-strong workforce.
The company is also looking to create in excess of 900 seasonal jobs in Staffordshire – with more than 100 positions in Stoke-on-Trent and a further 800 at its Rugeley fulfilment centre.
Amazon’s recruitment drive will take the company’s permanent UK workforce to more than 40,000.
The new roles will include engineers, graduates, HR and IT professionals, health and safety and finance specialists, as well as the teams who will pick, pack and ship customer orders.
Pay starts at a minimum of £10.50 an hour in the London area and £9.50 an hour in other parts of the UK for all full-time, part-time, temporary and seasonal roles.
Employees benefits include private medical insurance, life assurance, income protection, subsidised meals and an employee discount – which combined are worth more than £700 annually – as well as a company pension plan.
Stefano Perego, Amazon’s vice-president of European customer fulfilment, said: “We’re proud to be creating 10,000 new permanent roles across our UK network of fulfilment centres, sort centres and delivery stations offering competitive wages and comprehensive benefits starting on day one.
“Our people have played a critical role in serving customers in these unprecedented times and the new roles will help us continue to meet customer demand and support small and medium sized businesses selling on Amazon.
“The new state-of-the-art robotics fulfilment centres in the North East and the Midlands, as well as the thousands of additional roles at sites across the country, underline our commitment to the people and communities in which we operate. We are employing thousands of talented individuals in a diverse range of good jobs from operations managers and tech professionals through to people to handle customer orders.”
He added: “We prepare year-round for the festive season and we’re also excited to have over 20,000 seasonal positions available this year to help delight our customers. We look forward to welcoming back seasonal workers who return year-after-year to work at Amazon and welcome new faces to the seasonal team.”
Business Secretary Alok Sharma welcomed the move by Amazon to create thousands of new jobs.
He said: “While this has been a challenging time for many businesses, it is hugely encouraging to see Amazon creating 10,000 jobs in the UK this year.
“This is not only great news for those looking for a new job, but also a clear vote of confidence in the UK economy as we build back better from the pandemic. The government remains deeply committed to supporting retailers of all sizes and we continue to work closely with the industry as we embark on the road to economic recovery.”