Amazon UK: We're hiring 3,000 Xmas temps? Make that 10,000
Army of Bezos' little helpers is looking swell
Amazon UK has tripled the number of temp box packers it will hire in the Christmas run-up: 10,000 short-term packaging jobs will now be created at the company's UK shipment centres.
Amazon has eight so-called fulfilment centres in Rugeley, Hemel Hempstead, Milton Keynes, Doncaster, Peterborough, Dunfermline, Inverclyde and Swansea. The new headcount increase, heralded by Amazon yesterday, is more than three times the 3,000 Xmas jobs figure revealed three weeks ago in the announcement of three new UK distribution sites.
2,000 permanent packing jobs will be created, Amazon said, with the festive temp workers getting first preference. The base in Hemel Hempstead will employ 600 of the new permanent staff.
Any new jobs in Blighty are good to have, but Amazon ones aren't always much fun.
Last Christmas Amazon UK shipped more than 2,100,000 units in a 24-hour period – that's 1,124 tonnes of goods – and delivery trucks left their fulfilment centres once every two minutes and 45 seconds.
Around Blighty, Amazon also has an HQ in Slough and a development centre in Edinburgh, and recently touted new-media premises in East London which draws together teams from acquisitions LoveFilm and PushButton; the hub will employ 100 new people.
The Jeff Bezos-led bazaar wouldn't tell us how many employees it has in the UK in total. The Seattle-based company has 56,000 full-time workers worldwide.
Keeping Amazon's inventory and shipping operations running is one of its biggest challenges: the web giant's latest financial filing for Q2 2012 revealed that juggling and storing goods is one of the biggest threats to Amazon's profitability:
If we do not adequately predict customer demand or otherwise optimize and operate our fulfillment centers successfully, it could result in excess or insufficient inventory or fulfillment capacity, result in increased costs, impairment charges, or both, or harm our business in other ways.
As we continue to add fulfillment and warehouse capability or add new businesses with different fulfillment requirements, our fulfillment network becomes increasingly complex and operating it becomes more challenging.
And the heavy weighting of Amazon sales towards Christmas causes some headaches too: the firm's top bosses said in the filing: "The seasonality of our business places increased strain on our operations." ®
Let's hope G4S aren't contracted to provide the 10,000 extra staff ....
Re: So Called Fulfillment Centres
It can be difficult to understand until you realise that a) not everything sold by Amazon is shipped from an Amazon warehouse, sometimes they come direct from manufacturer, or from a third party, and b) they can't possibly have all goods in all warehouses all the time, they'll have a mix of stock throughout their warehouses. If what you want isn't all in the same place they'll batch as much as possible then ship the balance of your items from whichever warehouse has the most stock...
Re: Any chance of a significant increase in the taxes they pay?
dear oh dear, where do I start......
"Because they expect to hire UK workers who can read and write, from schools funded by UK tax payers."
as opposed to hiring UK workers that got their education from where? More likely they they will employ a bunch of migrant European workers that pay as little as they can into the UK economy, send the wages back home to Poland or Czech rep. further depriving the UK economy,
"They expect those workers to get free medical care, rather than having to pay $1000/month as they do for their workers in the US."
what a crock of shit...... you cant compare how things are done in one country to another. their is far to many variables. you think that an international company should pay for private medical care for all of its workers throughout the world, just because that’s the accepted practice in one of them. Its an established practice that in the UK the whole workforce relies on the NHS for healthcare unless you pay into a private medical service....
"They expect UK police to guard their premises."
no they don’t. They expect the local police force to investigate any break-ins or robberies etc, but they will have to employ or contract private security to guard the premises... like every other company in the UK.
"They expect the UK's armed forces to stop bands of guerrilla pirates sweeping out of the hills and raiding their stores (not applicable in Scotland)"
I presume you are just being facetious here... I expect the whole of the uk to be guarded by the armed forces (including Scotland) against marauding invaders to our sovereign soil...
"They expect roads and streeet signs and other infrastructure to deliver their goods."
I presume the cost of deliveries that they pay contractors to deliver goods for them covers what the couriers have to pay in road fund licence and other taxes like everyone else does that uses the roads to cover the cost of maintain the roads...
"As I explained to the man that wanted to collect the council tax - I may live in this house but I'm legally incorporated in Narnia. So unless you send a talking lion around I'm not paying"
Narnia? talking lions? and along with the rest of your drivel... it makes me wonder if you are allowed to handle anything sharper than a box of crayon....