Amazon has today announced that a new fulfilment centre (2 units totalling 1,315,600 sq ft) will open at the Doncaster iPort to meet growing customer demand in the UK, creating 500 new jobs.

The new site at the iPort will be Amazon’s third fulfilment centre in Doncaster, providing employment and economic benefits to the area. A fulfilment centre in Balby Carr Bank opened in 2010 and a second in Water Vole Way opened in autumn 2015.

The new site will mean the total number of full-time permanent Amazon jobs for Doncaster will increase to more than 1,000 by the end of next year. Amazon has so far invested more than £4.6 billion in the UK economy to build and run its UK business since 2010.

Amazon will begin recruiting for a range of positions, from operations managers to engineers, HR and IT roles to people who will handle orders at the fulfilment centre this summer.

verdion_england_doncaster_IV_1_no logo“We are delighted to announce that we will be creating 500 new permanent full-time jobs with competitive pay and comprehensive benefits starting on day one by opening our third fulfilment centre in Doncaster in summer 2017,” said John Tagawa, Amazon’s Vice President of UK Operations.

“We already have two fulfilment centres in Doncaster so know from experience that there is strong talent in the region who would be well suited to working for Amazon,” he added. “We look forward to hearing from people to fill a range of roles you would expect of a business like Amazon, from specialist professions such as engineering, HR or IT, through to large strategic leadership roles and people to fulfil customer orders maintaining our customer promise.”

All permanent Amazon fulfilment centre employees start on £7.35 an hour or more. This rate increases by at least 9 percent over their first two years of employment, by which time all employees earn £8 an hour or more. All permanent fulfilment centre employees are given stock grants, which over the last five years were on average equal to £1,000 or more per year per person. Fulfilment centre employees also receive a comprehensive benefits package, including private medical insurance, a company pension plan, life assurance, income protection, subsidised meals and an employee discount.

Amazon also runs an innovative programme called Career Choice that provides fulfilment centre employees funding for adult education, offering to pre-pay 95% of tuition and associated fees for nationally recognised courses, up to £8,000 over four years.

Michael Hughes, CEO of Verdion, comments: “We are very pleased to announce these extremely significant new lettings at iPort. They represent an excellent commercial investment for Verdion and will bring numerous jobs to the Doncaster-Sheffield region. iPort has been some years in the making, bringing together an industry-leading logistics offer in the heart of the UK. For this occupier to take not one, but two buildings at iPort truly is the icing on the cake.”