Amazon to hire 15,000 temps

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Amazon is to hire more than 15,000 people to work in its fulfilment and customer service centres in the run up to Christmas – 5,000 more than last year.

It will offer a variety of temporary jobs across the eight UK fulfilment centres and the customer service centre in Edinburgh.

Operations director Catherine McDermott said: “On our busiest shopping day last Christmas, customers ordered a total of 3.5 million items during one 24-hour period at a rate of 44 items a second.”

Last year, Amazon created more than 10,000 seasonal jobs in the run up to Christmas. By the end of January 2013, it had offered permanent jobs to 1,000 temps. It expects an additional 500 temps to have moved into permanent jobs by the end of the year.

Seasonal jobs are currently available in Amazon’s Doncaster, Dunfermline, Gourock, Hemel Hempstead, Milton Keynes, Peterborough, Rugeley and Swansea Bay fulfilment centres. Amazon has opened five new UK fulfilment centres in the last five years, creating more than 2,500 permanent jobs.


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