Amazon to create over 2,000 permanent new jobs in the UK this year

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Amazon today announced that it will create 2,000 new jobs in the UK in 2019 in a move that will take its total permanent workforce to over 29,500 by the end of the year.

The roles, which are available to people with a broad range of experience, disciplines and skills, include engineers, software developers, data scientists, and cloud and machine learning experts, along with several entry-level positions.

The breadth of the roles available reflect the range of expertise Amazon’s has in the UK and the important role employees based in the UK play in developing exciting new technologies that benefit Amazon’s customers around the world.

“We are delighted to be able continue to invest and grow our UK business. The UK is a fantastic hub for global talent and the exciting, innovative work that takes place here benefits Amazon’s customers around the world.”

Doug Gurr, Amazon UK Country Manager

Of the jobs created over 170 will be at its Development Centres in Cambridge, Edinburgh and London. These are highly skilled roles working on exciting and innovative new technologies that benefit Amazon’s customers around the world.


In Amazon’s Cambridge Development Centre, expert teams help to build and continually improve the knowledge systems within Alexa, the cloud-based voice service used on devices including Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Fire TV, and Fire TV Stick in the US.

They also work on UK Amazon Web Services also has a presence in Cambridge designing and building the next generation of cloud storage.


In Edinburgh (Amazon’s first Development Centre outside the US, established in 2004), teams of engineers, scientists, designers and product managers work on innovations that power Amazon’s capabilities in advertising technology, personalised shopping recommendations, product relationships, and global talent management.

Most recently, the team has been talking at re:MARS, a new global AI event from Amazon focusing on Machine Learning, Automation, Robotics, and Space about how they have reinvented personalised shopping recommendations using deep learning technology.


Amazon’s London Development Centre employs software engineers and computer programmers working across our global Amazon Video service to support product development and design for ‘living room devices’, web, and mobile applications.

The development centre contributes towards innovations that include ‘ASAP’, which anticipates what you want to watch next and pre-downloads the programme, and ‘X-Ray’, which allows Prime Video viewers to easily and seamlessly learn more about the video they’re watching in real time.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) also has a significant team in London, and continues to grow with new roles open for account managers, big data architects, cloud infrastructure architects, data scientists, DevOps architects and consultants, machine learning architects and specialists, operations specialists, software developers, solutions architects, and technical instructors.

AWS has been continually expanding its services to support virtually any cloud workload, and it now has over 165 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, robotics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), media, and application development, deployment, and management.

All around the UK

Besides the roles at the Development Centres Amazon is hiring for roles at: its head office and fashion photography studio in London; its new corporate office in Manchester; dozens of delivery stations across the country; and its growing network of fulfilment centres, which support tens of thousands of independent businesses of all sizes.

Half of all units stocked in Amazon’s UK fulfilment centres are held on behalf of sellers using Fulfilment by Amazon, a service which enables sellers to store their products in Amazon’s fulfilment centres so they can be quickly and easily shipped to customers around the world.

Amazon has invested over £9.3 billion in its UK operations since 2010 and this year it took the #1 position in LinkedIn’s list of Britain’s Top Companies.

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