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Amazon plans to create 1,000 jobs in new Nottinghamshire fulfilment centre

Amazon has announced plans to create 1,000 permanent jobs at a new fulfilment centre in Sutton-in-Ashfield as part of its expansion in the East Midlands.

The online retail multinational will begin recruiting later this month for a range of roles, including engineers, HR and IT professionals, health & safety and finance specialists, and operations managers, on salaries starting at £9.50 per hour.

Construction on the 550,000 sq ft warehouse began last year. It will be the fourth fulfilment centre in the region after opening sites in Chesterfield, Kegworth and Coalville.

East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) deputy chief executive Diane Beresford said: “We all know the challenges facing the employment market right now so this is exactly the kind of positive announcement the region needs with high-quality jobs offering salaries well above the National Living Wage.

“The latest figures by the Office for National Statistics this week showed that the unemployment rate for April to June had risen by 0.6 per cent to 4.3 per cent compared to the previous quarter. Finding alternative employment for these people whose livelihoods have been affected by the economic crisis we find ourselves in is so important.

“As the world continues to shift towards online shopping, our region’s position in the centre of the country makes us a very desirable location for companies to invest in their logistics operations. We see this growing and innovative industry being a really key part of our economy as we come out of Covid-19 that should be wholeheartedly embraced by people in the East Midlands.”

What will Amazon’s new fulfilment centre in Sutton-in-Ashfield include?

The fulfilment centre will handle customer orders for third-party companies’ products that are distributed by Amazon.

Employees pick, pack and ship orders from there, supported by Amazon’s robotics technology.

The robots slide under a tower of shelves where products are stowed, life the batch and move it through the warehouse.

Amazon said the jobs include a range of benefits, including private medical insurance, life assurance, income protection, subsidised meals and an employee discount alongside a company pension plan.

The firm also runs a Career Choice programme that provides staff with adult education, offering to pre-pay 95% of tuition and associated fees for nationally-recognised courses, valued up to £8,000 over four years.

Amazon’s director of UK customer fulfilment Jonatan Gal said the company was “excited” about its continued East Midlands expansion.

“As well as providing competitive wages and benefits from day one, we have also invested heavily to create the most modern, high-tech and safest working environment for our employees,” he said.

“This new state-of-the-art robotics fulfilment centre is another sign of our commitment to the people and communities in which we operate, employing thousands of talented individuals in a diverse range of roles from operations managers and tech professionals through to our frontline employees who manage customer orders.”

Amazon investment in East Midlands welcomed by Ashfield politicians

Ashfield MP Lee Anderson said: “As the MP for the area, I want to see more business and investment coming in to Ashfield.

“Amazon is coming to Ashfield because we have a great local workforce, as well as having a brilliant location and good transport links.

“I am looking forward to working with Amazon to ensure that local people can take advantage of these high-quality, professional roles, which will boost the local economy and prove once more that Ashfield is a great place to do business.”

Councillor Jason Zadrozny, leader of Ashfield District Council, said: “It is fantastic that Amazon has chosen Ashfield for its newest fulfilment centre and I want to offer them a warm welcome to the district.

“The investment, jobs and ongoing economic benefits will bring huge benefits to Ashfield.

“With a range of jobs on offer, including high-quality professional roles in IT and finance, there is a real opportunity for local people to build a career and develop their knowledge and skills.

“It’s been nearly two years since we first announced an investment on Summit Park, it is an incredible boost to the district and we look forward to working closely with Amazon going forward.”

To date, Amazon has created more than 29,500 jobs and invested over £18bn in its UK operations since 2010.

The company says it has helped to “digitally empower” more than 373,000 small businesses and content creators.

To find out more about the new Amazon jobs, click here.