Amazon propels drone operations with UK recruitment drive

The company, which is investing heavily in the development of drone delivery service Amazon Prime Air, announced it will create 2,500 permanent jobs in the UK in 2018, taking the total UK workforce to 27,500 by the end of the year.

The new jobs reflect growing investments in British research and development, increasing customer demand, and continued expansion of products and services including AmazonFresh, Amazon Business, Amazon Fashion, Prime Now, Prime Video, Amazon Music, Amazon Echo and AWS. The company has invested over £9.3 billion in its UK operations since 2010.

The recruitment drive comes after the company launched a new 60,000sqft building in November, which houses over 400 scientists, engineers, data scientists, mathematical modellers, speech scientists and software engineers, is part of Amazon’s expansion plans within the city.

The new building is Amazon’s second development centre site in the Cambridge city centre and is working towards developing Prime Air, Amazon’s future delivery system designed to safely get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less using small unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as Amazon Alexa, the brain that powers devices such as Amazon Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Show.

Amazon is hiring for roles in London, development centres in Cambridge, Edinburgh and London, its customer service centre in Edinburgh, within AWS, as well as in its dozens of delivery stations across the country and 16 fulfilment centres, including at new sites in Coventry and Bolton

Article by Emma Calder