Amazon has announced it will be creating 450 new tech roles at the company’s headquarters in London.
The company will be aiming to double the number of research and development roles and the number of staff at its London Development Centre will increase from 450 to 900.
The new roles come as part of Amazon’s expansion plan, with the company looking to create 5,000 new jobs to reach its target of 24,000 permanent employees in the UK.
By the end of 2017, the number of research and development staff will reach 5,000, with jobs being created across three of the company’s London-based offices, which are located in Shoreditch, Holborn and Barbican.
Amazon’s announcement shows that the company is committed to the UK, despite concerns uncertainties over Brexit could lead to tech companies avoiding London. Since 2010, the company has invested £6.4 billion into the UK.
Amongst other tech companies that have made a commitment to the UK is Google; they recently opened up a new data centre region in London.
Amazon UK Country Manager Doug Gurr commented: “London is one of the world’s truly great cities and home to some of the most talented, creative people on the planet. We are delighted to provide our teams of innovators with a new, purpose-built workplace.”
Gurr also announced that Amazon is looking to help foster the next generation of inventors by funding a million healthy breakfasts to give schoolchildren the fuel to learn. Amazon will also be expanding its bursary programme to help more women get a university education for hi-tech roles.
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