Amazon creates 450 new jobs in six months

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More than 450 jobs have been created at Amazon’s fulfilment centre in the last six months.

The new permanent roles have added to more than 1,000 local associates currently employed at the Milton Keynes site.

Ashley Cowen, general manager, said: “We’re delighted to have welcomed over 450 new associates to our team at the Milton Keynes fulfilment centre.

“We’re very proud of the team we’ve assembled here, which plays a crucial role in providing a great shopping experience for customers across the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.”

Permanent associates employed at Milton Keynes fulfilment centre start on £8.10 per hour rising to £8.90 per hour after 24 months.

All permanent associates receive private medical insurance, a company pension plan, life assurance, income protection and an employee discount.

After one year, all permanent associates also receive stock grants – over the last five years equal to £1,000 or more per year per associate.

In recent years, Amazon has continued to implement new programmes and ways of working for the benefit of its entire workforce. Associates now work four ten-hour shifts per week meaning they benefit from three days off every week.

Last year, Amazon introduced the Amazon Career Choice Programme, an innovative new education programme which pre-pays 95% of tuition and associated fees for permanent employees to undertake nationally recognised courses and funds up to £8,000 over four years.

Tatjana Ilevic first worked at the fulfilment centre in a temporary role before taking up a permanent position with Amazon.

She said: “Becoming a permanent member of the team at Amazon is a huge boost for both myself and my family and I’m looking forward to a bright future at the Milton Keynes fulfilment centre.”

Tatjana joins more than 1,000 permanent employees at Milton Keynes, including Des Cherry, who began working at Amazon when the building first opened in 1998.

He said: “I joined Amazon more than 16 years ago and in that time we have shipped millions of packages to customers all over the world. The environment is fast paced and exciting which I really enjoy and I’ve learnt many new skills and met lots of great people over the years.”

The new jobs in Milton Keynes come on the back of a recent announcement that Amazon is to open a 310,000 square foot fulfilment centre in Dunstable, creating 500 new permanent jobs.

The centre will begin fulfilling customer orders this autumn in preparation for the busy Christmas period.

Amazon currently has eight fulfilment centres across the UK in Doncaster, Dunfermline, Gourock, Hemel Hempstead, Milton Keynes, Peterborough, Rugeley and Swansea Bay.

Amazon recently launched public tours of its fulfilment centre in Hemel Hempstead. For more information visit www.amazonfctours.co.uk For information about jobs at Amazon please visit www.amazon-operations.co.uk.