Amazon to hire 2,000 UK staff to work on Big Tech
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Amazon to hire 2,000 UK staff to work on Big Tech

British firms might not be looking forward to Brexit, but one but of positive corporate news for the country has come from Ecommerce titan Amazon. The company recently announced that it was looking to employ an additional 2,000 people in the UK to focus on some of Big Tech’s most interesting areas: cloud and machine learning, drone technology, and artificial intelligence (AI). These new hires will bring Amazon’s total UK workforce to around 30,000 people by the end of the year.

Amazon’s share price has appreciated by 31% year to date

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Amazon is looking at these new hires to spur new technological developments, and they will include numerous engineers and Big Data specialists. Around 170 of the 2,000-total will be employed in Amazon’s development centres in Cambridge, Edinburgh and London. These facilities are where the big thinking around Alexa’s voice recognition tool and Amazon’s delivery drones (amongst plenty of other high-tech subjects) gets done.

Cambridge, particularly, is a thinking hub for drone technology – and it was actually the area where Amazon made its first drone delivery. At present, the company can deliver small packages (in Cambridge) within 30 minutes or so of order. As the tech continues, expect the packages to get bigger. The new hires will additionally be supporting teams who work on Amazon Video (the company’s streaming service) and Amazon Web Services (the company’s cloud hosting arm).

In a statement, Amazon’s UK head of operations, Doug Gurr, said: “We are delighted to be able continue to invest and grow our U.K. business. The U.K. is a fantastic hub for global talent and the exciting, innovative work that takes place here benefits Amazon’s customers around the world.”

Dominion holds Amazon in its Global Trends Ecommerce Fund.

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