Amazon to open Manchester office as it adds 1,000 British jobs

Galtero Lara
Octubre 21, 2018

Doug Gurr, the UK Country Manager, Amazon described the new jobs as "Silicon Valley jobs in Britain".

Amazon has revealed plans to create more than 1,000 jobs in the United Kingdom in Manchester, Edinburgh and Cambridge.At least 600 "highly skilled" roles will be added in Manchester working on software, machine learning and AWS, its cloud computing business.The company will also create 250 and 180 jobs at its development centres in Edinburgh and Cambridge respectively.

The internet giant will open a new office in Manchester, to house at least 600 new employees working on software development, machine learning and research and development.

The new investment is part of the company's boost to United Kingdom innovation and is set to provide additional capacity for over 1,000 new "highly skilled" roles.

The company will be based in six storeys of the Hanover Building at NOMA, which comprises 90,000 sq ft of space.

Andy Burnham, mayor of Greater Manchester, said: "Amazon opening its new office in Manchester is another vote of confidence in our city region as a global digital leader".

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Liam Fox, the International Trade Secretary, said the new positions were an "enormous vote of confidence in the UK".

This will bring the total new technology roles available at Amazon to over 1,000.

The Cambridge centre will gain capacity for 180 new roles.

"These are Silicon Valley jobs in Britain, and further cement our long-term commitment to the United Kingdom", he said.

Meanwhile, the new roles available in the Cambridge Development Centre will focus on developing innovations for Alexa, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the Amazon drone programme Prime Air.

The site will be Amazon's first United Kingdom corporate office outside of London. Small businesses in particular, play a big role in helping the company serve millions of customers by increasing selection, for example through selling on Amazon, Amazon Launchpad, Handmade at Amazon and AmazonFresh's Local Shops and Markets. In the United Kingdom, 85,000 people are employed by businesses selling on Amazon, and 60 per cent of United Kingdom businesses selling on Amazon export, achieving £2.3bn exports in 2017.

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