Amazon is going to hire 10,000 extra people in the UK to cope with the crowds caused by the coronapandemic. Because of the lockdowns in many countries, people have started shopping online and the web shop seems to assume that this trend continues even after the coronacrisis.
It is largely about new office jobs. Among other things, the company‘s IT branch will be expanded. British Secretary of State Kwasi Kwarteng (Business) calls Amazon’s expansion in his country “a sign of confidence in the British economy”.
The American company is one of the great winners of the coronacrisis. Amazon recorded a record turnover of €44 billion in Europe in 2020. According to The Guardian, the company did not pay corporate tax on this by a tax trick.
Bonus in USA
By 2020, Amazon hired half a million people worldwide, making the store giant now employs around 1.3 million people. In the United States and Canada, a further 75,000 vacancies will be opened for deliverers and logistics employees in the near future.
In the US, the need seems high: new employees there can get a bonus of up to $1000. In addition, the company recently announced to give a 100 dollar bonus to every staff member who is vaccinated.
Sorting centre at Schiphol under construction
Since last year Amazon also has a Dutch website that is competing with large webshops like Bol.com and Coolblue. A spokesman for the Dutch branch says that the company currently has more than 500 employees.
At Schiphol Airport, the webshop is building a sorting centre that will open next summer. There will then be about 200 new jobs. In addition, the sorting center will provide work to around 450 independent delivery providers, Amazon expects.