Amazon creates 250 jobs in Edinburgh as part of expansion

Amazon's Cambridge team look at innovations in Alexa
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Amazon is boosting its United Kingdom investment to provide capacity for more than 1,000 new highly-skilled roles.

"With the United Kingdom taking a leading role in the global tech, we are delighted to announce plans to open a new corporate office in the city".

Andy Burnham, mayor of Greater Manchester, said: "Amazon opening its new office in Manchester is another vote of confidence in our city region as a global digital leader".

Trade secretary Liam Fox said Amazon's fresh investment represented "an enormous vote of confidence in the United Kingdom, and a signal to the world that the United Kingdom is very much open for business".

Amazon shares closed lower in the US Thursday, amid news the tech giant is planning to add 1,000 new jobs across the UK.

Doug Gurr, UK Country Manager for Amazon, said, "These are Silicon Valley jobs in Britain, and further cement our long-term commitment to the UK".

Its Edinburgh and Cambridge R&D branches are best known for working with search technology and noodling with the Alexa AI assistant.

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The development centre in Edinburgh will gain the capacity for 250 new roles on three floors in the city's Waverley Gate building.

The Cambridge centre will gain capacity for 180 new roles.

Northern England, namely Manchester, is getting its first Amazon office.

Sheppard Robson has been appointed as the designer of the Hanover development for Amazon.

Amazon has 17 fulfilment centres and over 40 delivery stations in the United Kingdom, a total of over 100 buildings to run its businesses and deliver goods and services to customers.

Since 2010, Amazon said it had invested more than 9.3 billion pounds ($12.15 billion) in Britain and was on course to employ 27,500 people - including more than 6,500 in its corporate, AWS and R&D divisions - by the end of the year.

CURRENTLY, ROUGHLY 0.041 per cent of the United Kingdom population is employed by Amazon.

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