Amazon doubles its new Shoreditch tech team

Amazon doubles its new Shoreditch tech team”

Doug Gurr, UK country manager for Amazon, said that Amazon had continued to see "plenty of applicants" for roles in London from a mixture of UK and non-British workers, despite the ongoing uncertainty around Brexit.

"This is great news for Britain - Amazon's increased investment in developing cutting-edge technology in London is another vote of confidence in the United Kingdom as a world-leading centre of creativity and innovation", said digital minister Matt Hancock.

British Prime Minister Theresa May sought to ease concerns over Brexit last week, saying she wanted a "smooth, orderly exit" from the European Union, including a period of implementation to help companies make investment decisions.

The online retailer said that it had made a decision to take all 15 storeys, totalling 600,000 sq ft, at Principal Place in Shoreditch so that it could double the number of high-tech staff at its London Development Centre from 450 to 900.

The roles are on top of 5000 new jobs it has already vowed to create in the United Kingdom this year, taking the total employed in the country to 24,000.

By the end of the year, the firm will employ more than 1,500 people in highly skilled tech roles with others based in research centres in Cambridge - where drone delivery technology is being developed - and Edinburgh.

Mayor Sadiq Khan said Amazon's move underlined the continuing attractions of London as the tech capital of Europe.

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