Amazon plans to grow its European-based workforce from over 50,000 today to over 65,000 by the end of the year
Over 2,000 European employees have now participated in Amazon’s innovative “Career Choice” program that pre-pays 95% of tuition for degrees in high-demand occupations such as information technology, mechanical and electrical trades, nursing, accountancy and transport planning
In addition to direct full-time employment, Amazon businesses such as Marketplace, Amazon Web Services and Kindle Direct Publishing continue to create thousands of jobs for people across Europe who want to start and run their own business
Last year, Amazon created more than 10,000 jobs in Europe, growing its workforce from 40,000 employees at the beginning of 2016 to more than 50,000 by the end of December. Today, the company announced that it plans to create more than 15,000 additional full-time jobs in Europe by the end of the year. These new job opportunities are for people across many European countries and with all types of experience, education and skill levels—from engineers and software developers to those seeking entry-level positions and on-the-job training. Many of the roles will be in new fulfillment centers that have been announced over the past several months and are currently under construction in France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and UK. In addition to direct job creation, Amazon businesses like Marketplace, Amazon Web Services and Kindle Direct Publishing continue to create thousands of jobs for people across Europe who want to start and run their own business. For more details on Amazon’s economic impact in Europe, click here.
“We continue to invest heavily across Europe in fulfillment, customer service, cloud technology, research and development, machine learning, advanced logistics and much more,” said Xavier Garambois, Vice President, Amazon EU Retail. “With these investments comes an ever-increasing number of new job opportunities. We look forward to welcoming a record number of new team members who will join our existing talented workforce in focusing every day on innovating and inventing to continually raise the bar on customer experience.”
Amazon operates a pan EU business with over 100 corporate offices, fulfilment centres, seller and customer service centres, and AWS datacenter regions. This number also includes a European network of 15 development centres which are inventing in areas across the company including the Amazon retail website and mobile apps, digital media, devices and device software such as voice recognition technology, Prime Air, and cloud services.
“Across Europe, Amazon is continuing to invest in new infrastructure and employment opportunities to ensure we continue to grow and meet the needs of our customers,” said Roy Perticucci, Vice President Europe Customer Fulfillment. “We are creating job opportunities with choice and flexibility that appeal to the widest range of individuals, from those that want a full working week to those that just want to work for a few hours. All our jobs offer competitive salaries and benefits packages and I am pleased to be welcoming more people to our operations in 2017.”
Amazon’s Career Choice program helps train employees for in-demand jobs at Amazon and other companies. The program pre-pays 95% of tuition for courses in in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a future career at Amazon. Over 2,000 European employees have participated in Career Choice and more are signing up every day.
Empowerment Programs and Indirect Job Creation
In addition to empowering its own employees to innovate and achieve their professional and personal dreams, Amazon offers a series of programs that empower people outside the company and create thousands of additional jobs in Europe. Amazon’s Marketplace business fuels more than 175,000 jobs in Europe for people who’ve started or are growing their own businesses by selling on Amazon. Examples of Amazon Marketplace success stories can be found click here.
Kindle Direct Publishing enables anyone to self-publish eBooks and paperbacks for free and reach millions of readers. Authors earn up to 70% royalty on sales to customers, keep control of their book rights, and set their own list prices. KDP has empowered thousands of authors to achieve their dreams and make a living writing books for readers around the world to enjoy. Find out more here.
Amazon Web Services gives anyone – from startups to fast-growing businesses like Airbnb and Pinterest to established enterprises like GE and McDonalds – access to virtually unlimited compute power, storage, and other IT resources, making it faster and less expensive to launch and grow new businesses. Since its inception, AWS has empowered millions of businesses, like these launch, grow and create jobs across Europe and around the world.
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Amazon Web Services Supports Cloud Growth in UAE
Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced today the opening of an office in Dubai on January 1, 2017. After working closely with the Dubai Investment Development Agency (Dubai FDI), the office will be launched to support organisations of all sizes, from startups to government institutions and some of the Middle East’s historic and most established enterprises, as they make the transition to the AWS Cloud.Continue reading
What the new "Amazon Business" service offers business customers
Florian Boehme, Senior Manager Amazon Business Germany, talks about the new service for business customers.Continue reading
Amazon Launchpad announces Kickstarter collection across three European countries
Amazon Launchpad has announced the launch of the Kickstarter Collection featuring products by exciting new startups now available for purchase on Amazon Launchpad. Startups featured in the Kickstarter Collection include Gamely, SAM Labs and Musaic, among others.
Amazon to Support Cloud Growth in Belgium
Amazon Web Services has announced the opening of its first office in Belgium and will open in 2017. The Brussels-based office will support government organizations and businesses of all sizes, from start-ups to Europe’s oldest and most established enterprises, as they make the transition to the AWS Cloud.
Expanding operations in Milan
We recently announced the opening of a new delivery station in Milan allowing us to increase the capacity of our operations in the Lombardy region.
Handmade at Amazon
Across Europe today we are announcing a new way for artisans like jewelry-makers and potters to grow their businesses online.
Amazon Echo and Alexa coming to Europe
We’re bringing Alexa, the brain that powers Amazon Echo, to Europe, along with two Alexa-enabled devices: Echo and the all-new Echo Dot.
Amazon Academy: Innovation and Entrepreneurship
On October 13 we will bring our popular Academy series to Brussels for the first time.
Invited speakers include Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium, Werner Vogels, VP and CTO of Amazon and Xavier Garambois, Vice-president of EU Retail at Amazon.
Amazon Partners with UK Government to Explore Safe Use of Drones for Delivery
We are pleased to announce a new programme with the UK Government to explore the steps needed to make the delivery of parcels by small drones a reality for our customers.Continue reading
Amazon to open a New Machine Learning Development Center in Turin
Amazon today announced that it will open a new Development Center in Turin focused on developing Machine Learning capabilities for Alexa, Amazon’s cloud-based voice service behind Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Fire TV and Amazon Tap.
New Madrid corporate office announced to support continued growth and hiring
Amazon’s new Spanish headquarters will be located in the upcoming business district of Méndez Álvaro and plans to open in summer 2017. The building, a renovated industrial site from early 20th century, will move our Spain headquarters from Pozuelo de Alarcón to the new 12,000 square meters building in downtown Madrid. The new site will host Amazon’s current 400 corporate employees and provide us with total capacity for over 1,000 professionals as it continues to invest, expand and create new jobs in Spain.
Amazon Launchpad: New Programme Helps Startups Bring Innovative Products to Millions of Amazon Customers
The new Amazon Launchpad store on Amazon.fr is the third Amazon website in Europe featuring products from startups seeking to launch, market, and distribute their products to millions of potential Amazon customers around the world.
The announcement about expanding Launchpad to France was confirmed by Amazon's Vice President for Corporate Affairs, Jay Carney, at the Viva Tech Conference in Paris.
Amazon to create 500 new high tech jobs in Ireland
Amazon has announced it will create 500 new jobs in Ireland, the latest step in Amazon’s plan to create thousands of European jobs.
It follows the launch of a Development Centre for Prime Air in Austria earlier this month. Since 2010, Amazon has invested over €15bn in Europe and at the start of this year already had more than 40,000 EU employees, with 10,000 jobs created last year alone. Continue reading
Our wish list for a DSM that supports small firms and consumers online
Amazon approaches the EU as a single market and we continue to launch services to make this vision become a reality.
For example, we're playing our part to help small firms, with our recently announced European Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA) program. This will simplify many of the administrative barriers that discouraged innovative ecommerce businesses from broadening their horizons beyond their home country.
New Austrian Development Center to support Prime Air
Some of the best and brightest minds in the computer vision field are joining us to develop safety features for Prime Air and we're excited to welcome these new Amazonians.
Based at our new Amazon Development Center in Austria, the team will use its experience in computer vision — the discipline of teaching machines how to see — to help develop "sense and avoid" technology for small drones. Since the start of April nearly a dozen PhDs in computer science are working at the Center.Continue reading
New Amazon Pan-European Fulfilment Programme to boost SME exports to EU countries
Luxembourg - Amazon has today announced the launch of its Pan-European Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA) programme. This new service will help sellers of any size export to millions of Amazon customers across the EU more efficiently than ever before.
Amazon customers in turn will be able to receive thousands of new products from sellers across the EU, whilst benefitting from faster shipping times and lower delivery costs.
Amazon opening new Software Development Center in downtown Madrid, Creating 50 Tech Jobs
Amazon is opening its latest Software Development Center in downtown Madrid to build innovative features and services for its websites and mobile apps. This new, Madrid-based technical team will play a key role in innovating on the shopping experience of Amazon customers across its five European websites, from personalization and machine learning to advanced search and new programs and services for Amazon Prime members.
Why we're excited by Europe's pragmatic drone regulation plans
Amazon Prime Air, a future delivery system that will get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less using small drones, is one invention we are incredibly passionate about. We are committed to making Prime Air available to customers worldwide as soon as we are permitted to do so.Continue reading
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What the new "Amazon Business" service offers business customers (06/12/2016)
Amazon Launchpad announces Kickstarter collection across three European countries (20/10/2016)
Amazon to Support Cloud Growth in Belgium (13/10/2016)
Expanding operations in Milan (29/09/2016)
Handmade at Amazon (22/09/2016)
Amazon Echo and Alexa coming to Europe (20/09/2016)
Amazon Academy: Innovation and Entrepreneurship (19/09/2016)
Amazon Partners with UK Government to Explore Safe Use of Drones for Delivery (25/07/2016)
Amazon to open a New Machine Learning Development Center in Turin (22/07/2016)
New Madrid corporate office announced to support continued growth and hiring (14/07/2016)
Amazon Launchpad: New Programme Helps Startups Bring Innovative Products to Millions of Amazon Customers (30/06/2016)
Amazon to create 500 new high tech jobs in Ireland (30/05/2016)
Our wish list for a DSM that supports small firms and consumers online (25/05/2016)
New Austrian Development Center to support Prime Air (10/05/2016)
New Amazon Pan-European Fulfilment Programme to boost SME exports to EU countries (3/05/2016)
Amazon opening new Software Development Center in downtown Madrid, Creating 50 Tech Jobs (09/04/2016)
Why we're excited by Europe's pragmatic drone regulation plans (7/12/2015)