Amazon creates 1,000 ‘Silicon Valley’ jobs in UK

Job creation 'an indicator of Amazon's commitment to the UK'
Job creation 'an indicator of Amazon's commitment to the UK'

Amazon is to open a new office in Manchester as part of plans to create more than 1,000 research and development jobs across GB.

The new site will house 600 highly-skilled workers focusing on software development, machine learning and R&D.

As part of the recruitment drive, the online titan will also beef up numbers at its “development centres” in Edinburgh and Cambridge, with the cities seeing 250 and 180 jobs created respectively.

Doug Gurr, Amazon’s UK country manager, said: “With the UK taking a leading role in our global innovation, we are delighted to announce plans to create capacity for over 1,000 new highly-skilled roles across the country.

“These are Silicon Valley jobs in Britain, and further cement our long-term commitment to the UK.”

The Edinburgh expansion will see new recruits working on advertising technology and personalised shopping.

In Cambridge, the focus will be on devices, such as the Echo.

Since 2010, Amazon said it has invested more than £9.3 billion in the UK to build and run its operations, and is on course to grow to 27,500 employees.