Warrington lands 1,200 Amazon jobs

ONLINE retail giant Amazon is to create 1,200 jobs at a new warehouse in Warrington.

The company has signed a 15-year lease at the Omega site in Warrington, near junction 8 of the M62 in a £30m deal.

It will begin recruiting later this year for a range of permanent roles at the Warrington site, which is near junction 8 of the M62. Posts will include operations managers, engineers, HR and IT specialists.

The Omega business park is owned by Miller Developments, the Homes and Communities Agency and Warrington Borough Council.

Warrington South MP David Mowat said: “Warrington was recently ranked as the number two town in the country in which to do business, so it’s no surprise that a major international organisation is keen to do business here and employ local people.

“Our unemployment rate has more than halved since 2010 and this looks set to continue.”

Warrington is one of four new ‘fulfilment centres’ that Amazon will open this year, creating 5,000 new jobs in the UK and taking the total it employs in this country to 24,000.

The company said that it is offering “competitive wages and comprehensive benefits” to new staff.

Fufilment centre staff will start on £7.65 an hour minimum, rising to at least £8.15 over their first two years of employment. Employees also receive grants of Amazon shares and a company pension.