Amazon (the US e-commerce giant) plans to create 10,000 jobs in the UK by the end of this year. New and permanent functions. Consequently, the number of Amazon employees in the UK will increase to 55,000.
As mentioned, in connection with the opening of the new warehouse, 1,300 jobs will be created at Doncaster Parcel Collection Center, Dartford, Gateshead, Swindon Fulfillment Centers and 700 at Hinckley Fulfillment Center. In addition, the company will recruit for digital marketing, engineering, video production, software development, artificial intelligence, and cloud computing. A number of management positions will also be established with offices in Cambridge, Edinburgh, London and Manchester.
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said: “The Amazon announcement is great news and a great voice of confidence in the British economy, which will help us fulfill our commitment to equal development across the UK.”
The Coronavirus pandemic, which has led to the closure of non-essential goods stores for several weeks, has increased the share of online shopping around the world, which Amazon has benefited greatly. In the first quarter of this year, the company’s profits more than tripled compared to the same period last year – from $ 2.5 billion to $ 8.1 billion.
However, the company is under constant criticism over its working conditions and tax matters. In March, Britain’s largest trade union, Unite, demanded that Amazon strike a “new deal” with its British employees, including allowing them to form unions and giving them a larger share of the company’s profits. At the same time, Unite launched a covert helpline that Amazon employees can call to report working conditions.
In contrast, the very low taxes that Amazon pays in relation to the volume of sales prompted the British government to impose a tax on digital services in April 2020. The company claims that it pays all required taxes in the UK and indicates that taxes are levied on profits that are relatively small due to the sums it generates. It is spent on investments.