Amazon Steps Up European Expansion Plans
Amazon is determined to further expand in European regions.
Financial Times reported that Amazon Inc. is all set to continue its European expansion plans this year. The company will be taking a major step forward as it plans to invest more in the European countries. It will be hiring thousands of new employees to further increase its workforce in the region regardless of the challenges it is currently facing in the market.
Amazon is currently being scrutinized over tax, privacy, and employment records. The company eyes global domination with this move. It is believed that the Seattle based online retailer will be disclosing more details regarding its European expansion plans on Friday. It is seeking to develop and bolster its device and cloud computing business, digital media, and grocery delivery service.
Amazon has been inspected over taxes, competition, and privacy at this moment. Sources suggest that the US tech organizations, including Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook, have previously faced such regulatory hurdles in the European regions.
Amazon can defend its stance by saying that it has employed 10,000 people in 2015 throughout its operations in the Europe. This figure took its total workforce to 41,000 or more globally. The online retailer will be adding several thousand more staff in 2016.
The company officials told that most job vacancies are in its ‘fulfillment center’. Fulfillment center is a large warehouse that supplies books, toys, and other electrical appliances to customers. Sources suggest that the center have attracted and appreciated criticism over conditions and payments; hence, people are determined to work there.
The business secretary, Sajid Javaid, believes that new jobs opportunities are testament to the quality of the workforce in the UK. It is a proof of confidence in the economy, which is a pride for him to support through continued investments.
Financial Times further report that the e-commerce giant would hire 2,500 more people in the United Kingdom this year. It is currently working on its new London head office, 3 R&D centers, and 10 warehouses. This will increase the total workforce of the United Kingdom’s staff to 14,500 employees.
Mr. Javaid stated, “Amazon continued investment in the UK is very welcome news and further demonstration that the UK is a great destination for innovative industries to invest and do business. These new permanent jobs will build on the UK’s record levels of employment and give added security to working people across the country – from app developers in Edinburgh to fashion photographers in London.”