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Amazon To Open Manchester Office, Create 1,000 New Jobs In UK


Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) said it plans to open a new corporate office in Manchester in 2019 and also create more than 1,000 highly-skilled jobs in the UK.

As part of the ramp up of its UK investment, Amazon will increase the capacity of its Scotland Development Centre and Cambridge Development Centre. The company's 1,000 new staffers will work on research and development in Manchester, Edinburgh and Cambridge.

Amazon's decision to invest comes amid news that the UK now expects to extend the proposed length of the post-Brexit transition period by a few more months as it has so far failed to reach a deal with the European Union.

Amazon's new corporate office in Manchester will lead to the creation of at least 600 new roles in the city. Amazon will also expand its Development Centre in Edinburgh, providing capacity for more than 250 new, highly-skilled roles, while its Cambridge Development Centre will create capacity for an additional 180 new roles.

According to Amazon, these highly-skilled teams will work on projects including software development, machine learning and R&D. They will complement the existing work at Development Centres in London, Cambridge and Edinburgh.

"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," said Doug Gurr, UK Country Manager of Amazon.

The new site in Manchester and additional investment in Scotland as well as Cambridge follow the opening last year of Amazon's new UK head office and Development Centre in Shoreditch, East London as well as the expansion of the company's Development Centre in Cambridge.

Since 2010, Amazon has invested more than 9.3 billion pounds in the UK to build and run its operations.

The company said it is on course to grow to 27,500 roles in UK by the end of 2018, including over 6,500 roles in its corporate, Amazon Web Services or AWS, and R&D divisions.

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