Amazon plans to create 4,000 more jobs in the UK this year, defying tech downturn

Amazon warehouse in Warrington, England.

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Amazon announced on Friday that it will create more than 4,000 permanent UK jobs in 2022, defying a wave of job cuts in the tech industry.

The roles will include work functions in software development, product management and engineering, as well as operational responsibilities in fulfillment centers, sorting centers and delivery stations.

Additional staff will be added to a number of UK regions, including Wakefield and Knowsley in the north of England, where the firm is opening two new Amazon fulfillment centers.

The company said the hiring of permanent Amazon employees in the UK will exceed 75,000.

“We continue to invest in talent across the UK,” John Boumfrey, Amazon UK Country Manager, said in a press release.

“People join us not only because of the wide variety of roles, great pay and benefits, but also because of the career opportunities we provide.”

UK company hiring contrasts with other parts of the technology industry. Recently, the sector has seen a sharp deterioration in the situation against the backdrop of rising inflation and higher interest rates.

Large firms, including Microsoft, Netflix as well as Robin Hood cut various numbers of jobs, among other cost-cutting measures, in anticipation of a slowdown in economic growth.

Hiring on Amazon grew up during the Covid pandemic after stay-at-home restrictions boosted e-commerce sales. However, the company’s chief financial officer, Brian Olsavsky, said during a recent earnings call that the firm has become “bloated” as a result of Covid-related hiring.

Amazon has come under fire in the past for its treatment of employees. Delivery drivers and warehouse workers, for example, complained about bad working conditionsand have questions Workplace safety in company.

Amazon said it is working to improve the situation and is investing billions of dollars in new security measures and technology.

In April, Amazon warehouse workers in Staten Island went down in history voting to join a union – the first time this has happened in the US