Amazon announces 450 new United Kingdom head office jobs

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 25, 2017

Amazon's United Kingdom chief has expressed his desire to maintain a "diverse workforce" following Brexit as the internet giant revealed it is to create 450 research and development jobs at its new London headquarters.

The internet behemoth is set to move in to all 15 storeys and 600,000sq ft of the Principal Place building in Shoreditch, east London, so it can double the capacity of its research and development centre from 450 to 900 staff.

"As of today we're continuing to see lots and lots of applications for every role we put out there", Gurr said at an event on Monday to mark the opening of Amazon's new head office in Shoreditch, central London.

They will largely be focused on developing Amazon's Prime Video streaming service and will include engineers, user interface experts, data analysts and graphic designers.

Amazon is doubling down on its commitment to the United Kingdom, increasing its already huge new office by more than a third and creating hundreds more highly skilled tech jobs.

Principal Place will also house other corporate roles from across the company, and it is part of Amazon's investment in the United Kingdom, whereby the company has pumped more than £6.4 billion in building and running its operations here since 2010.

The new headquarters which opens today is located between Liverpool Street and Shoreditch High Street.

By the end of the year, the firm will employ more than 1,500 people in highly skilled tech roles with others based in research centres in Cambridge - where drone delivery technology is being developed - and Edinburgh.

Doug Gurr said that the firm employs a large number of European Union citizens, adding that he is pleased that their status is being prioritised in Brexit talks.

"We benefit hugely from a diverse workforce, we're very optimistic and hopeful that will continue to be the case going forward", he said in response to a question about Brexit.

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