Amazon paves way for 400 more jobs at new UK warehouse - including engineers and IT workers

Mirror. January 29, 2018

Amazon has announced plans to open its seventeenth UK distribution centre with the opening of 400 new jobs.

The online retail giant said a new self-styled fulfilment centre is on its way in Rugby, Warwickshire, that would open up a variety of positions including engineers and HR and IT specialists.

Amazon currently has 16 UK warehouses which handle orders on behalf of customers and within its marketplace.

Its biggest fulfilment centre in Tilbury Essex, which has previously come under the spotlight over working conditions and low pay - shipped an estimated 1.2 million items last year.

Amazon itself, raked in £7.3billion in 2017 alone. thanks to a series of sales events including Prime Day and Black Friday - while made £1.8billion overnight.

Its director of UK customer fulfilment, Stefano Perego, told Sky News: "We are delighted to expand our operations in the Midlands where we already have a dedicated workforce of more than 2,500 people at fulfilment centres in Rugeley, Coalville and Daventry,"

"We are thrilled to begin recruitment for 400 new permanent roles in Rugby with competitive wages and comprehensive benefits starting on day one."

Speaking on its its pay package, Amazon added: "The pay rate for permanent Amazon employees increases over their first two years of employment, when all employees earn £8.35 an hour and above.

"All permanent Amazon fulfilment centre employees are given stock grants, which over the last five years were on average equal to £1,000 or more per year per person."