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Amazon to Employ up to 15,000 Seasonal Staff

amazon take on christmas staffAmazon has announced on Tuesday that it is to take on over 15,000 people to help meet customer demand over the festive season.

The jobs will be spread across its fulfilment and customer service centres and its Edinburgh customer service centre.

Catherine McDermott, Director of Operations at Amazon.co.uk Ltd, 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,” . “During the Christmas season, seasonal associates play a critical role in making sure we meet increased demand from customers. As we continue to expand our UK operations, we expect many hundreds of these temporary associates to move into permanent positions as has been the case in previous years.”

Last year, Amazon created more than 10,000 seasonal jobs in the run up to Christmas. By the end of January 2013, Amazon had offered permanent roles to 1,000 temporary associates – and an additional 500 temporary associates will have moved into permanent jobs by the end of the year.

This year, Amazon’s UK fulfilment centres will hold more products than ever before including products from Amazon Marketplace sellers.

Recruitment for the 15,000 seasonal jobs will be ongoing in the run up to the Christmas period.

If you’d like more information visit www.amazon.co.uk/careers or if wish to make an application please contact www.amazon-operations.co.uk.

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