Online giant confirms 1,000 job boost


ONLINE shopping giant Amazon has confirmed plans to open a fulfilment centre near Manchester Airport, which will create 1,000 permanent jobs.

The new 654,000 sq ft facility, just off the M56 near Hale Barns, will open in the autumn, the company said. The jobs will be created over three years.

Positions will range from operations managers to engineers, HR and IT roles to order handlers.

Amazon announced last month that it is also opening a new fulfilment centre in Coalville, Leicestershire, in the autumn, creating 500 new permanent jobs over three years. The opening of the two new sites will take the number of Amazon fulfilment centres in the UK to 12.

The new roles are part of Amazon’s plans to create 2,500 permanent jobs in the UK this year, bringing the company’s total workforce to 14,500 by the end of 2016.

John Tagawa, vice president of UK operations at Amazon, said: “We are excited to open our first fulfilment centre in the North West of England, creating 1,000 new permanent jobs over three years with competitive wages and comprehensive benefits starting on day one.

“We are proud to continue to add new permanent jobs to grow our dedicated and enthusiastic workforce who play a crucial role in delivering a first rate level of service for our customers.”

Mike Kane, MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East, said: “This is fantastic news for residents of Wythenshawe and Sale East. 1,000 new permanent jobs over three years will open up new opportunities for many people in my constituency. This investment is another big step in the renaissance of Wythenshawe.”