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Amazon to create 7,000 UK jobs

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Online retail giant Amazon has said it will create a further 7,000 jobs in the UK this year.

Amazon said 3,000 roles had already been added so far this year, and so by the end of 2020 it will have created 10,000 new jobs.

This will take its total permanent UK workforce to more than 40,000.

Amazon says the jobs will be permanent and pay a minimum of £9.50 an hour. It is also recruiting 20,000 seasonal UK posts for the festive period.

The company has faced criticism in the past from unions over the way it treats staff and health and safety.

“At the centre of the job creation programme are three new, state-of-the-art fulfilment centres in Darlington, Durham and Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, each fitted out with advanced Amazon Robotics technology and each creating more than 1,000 new permanent roles,” the firm said in a statement.

“Construction of these new fulfilment centres began last year. Darlington started operations in May and the sites in Durham and Sutton-in-Ashfield will launch later this autumn.”

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