North West in line to benefit from online retailer’s drive to create 4,000 jobs

Amazon, the global online retail giant, has announced plans to create 4,000 jobs this year, including at its Knowsley warehouse and its Manchester site.

It said the permanent roles will take its UK headcount to 75,000.

The new recruitment drive follows the addition of 2,500 UK roles last year as consumers switched to online shopping following the pandemic lockdowns.

Amazon said the latest roles will be spread between warehouse work, corporate jobs in Manchester and London, and technology work in Edinburgh and Cambridge.

John Boumphrey, Amazon UK country manager, said: “We’re continuing to invest in talent right across the UK, from apprentices in Swansea to data scientists in Edinburgh.”

The online giant previously announced the creation of 1,500 new apprenticeships in 2022.

Amazon struck a deal, almost a year ago, to take a 10-year lease on a huge 217,000 sq ft warehouse built in 2019 on Knowsley Business Park.

The distribution centre, on Moorgate Road, is Amazon’s second facility in Knowsley.

It was completed in 2019 by private developer Flintrock, which had received a £4m loan from the council.

Amazon also operates a smaller warehouse on a neighbouring site.

The retailer is believed to be considering a third site, on land in Kirkby previously occupied by Portuguese timber group Sonae.