Amid fears of the effect the leave vote will have on the economy, a number of British companies have already announced they plan to move their operations overseas. However, there’s one business showing the competition that they won’t be scared off.
Online giants, Amazon, haven’t been perturbed by Britain’s Brexit fears as they announce their plans to employ an additional 1,000 workers in the UK by the end of the year. The new hires are on top of the 2,500 roles it pledged to create at the start of the year.
The new roles will be shared between London head office, research and development centres and new warehouses in Manchester and Leicestershire. This recruitment will bring their total workforce up to 15,500.
Amazon UK boss Doug Gurr declared it would be “business as usual” as the company announced on Wednesday that their “sales are in line with expectations”, stating that they had not seen any dips in sales since the EU referendum vote.
Amazon declared it would also be going ahead with plans to open a number of data centres in the UK at the beginning of 2017. The online giant said the data centres would complement existing facilities exist in Frankfurt and Dublin.
Amazon already has 1,000 research and development workers in offices around the UK, including London, Cambridge and Edinburgh. Gurr confirmed at the AWS Summit on Thursday that “Amazon has Silicon Valley jobs in the UK”.
In addition to the new data centres, Amazon will also build a new UK headquarters in Shoreditch, with enough room for up to 5,000 workers.
Gavin Jackson, UK head of Amazon Web Services (the company’s cloud computing division) said the Brexit will have no impact on the Amazon Web Service data centres in the UK, stating that “It doesn’t change the plans at all”.
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