Tonight the US e-commerce giant Amazon will reveal plans for a new research centre in Manchester and an expansion in both Edinburgh and Cambridge in an investment push set to create 1,000 new highly-skilled jobs.
The company are calling the new investment the “Silicon Valley jobs in Britain”. The new offices in Manchester are set to create 600 roles to work on projects that involve software development, artificial intelligence and research for new products.
In addition, it is being reported that new jobs and office expansion will be allocated to existing research centres in Edinburgh. Cambridge will also house work on products such as Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa, its range of Echo smart speakers and Prime Air, a future delivery service to get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less using drones.
The Government has welcomed todays announcement. Trade secretary Liam Fox said Amazon’s fresh investment represented “an enormous vote of confidence in the UK, and a signal to the world that the UK is very much open for business”.
Amazon opened a headquarters and development centre in Shoreditch last year and now the London staff will receive a wage increase to a minimum of £10.50 per hour from 1 November, including both its 17,000-strong full-time staff and its 20,000 temp agency staff across the UK.