US online retail giant Amazon is set to open its first office in Manchester, creating 600 new jobs – in corporate and research and development (R&D) roles – in the Hanover Building in the city’s Northern Quarter.
In addition, Amazon’s Development Centre in Scotland is to take the third floor at the Waverley Gate site in Edinburgh, providing capacity for an additional 250 roles, and Amazon’s Cambridge Development Centre is creating space for 180 more roles to develop innovations for Alexa, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and machine learning.
Amazon’s UK Country Manager, Doug Gurr, said: “With the UK taking a leading role in our global innovation, we are delighted to announce plans to create capacity for over 1,000 new highly-skilled roles across the country. These are Silicon Valley jobs in Britain, and further cement our long-term commitment to the UK.”
Since 2010 Amazon has invested over £9.3 billion in the UK economy to provide convenience, selection and value to UK consumers, while helping to digitally empower more than 373,000 small businesses and content creators. Amazon Marketplace supports more than 85,000 jobs across the UK.