September may have just started, but Northern England has received a lot of support from businesses, international ones, already.Nissan has promised a £100m investment to manufacture its new line of Juke vehicles at its plant in Sunderland, a decision that was hailed by George Osborne in his quest to make the Northern Powerhouse a reality. “Our ambitious plans to build the Northern Powerhouse means building on the area’s strengths – including manufacturing – and this announcement is an important sign of Britain being chosen as a global leader in car production,” he said. Chances are that he’ll be happy with Amazon then, as the American ecommerce firm plans to open its tenth fulfilment centre in the UK. The 250,000 sq ft location will start completing orders for customers this autumn, and will be home to more than 300 new permanent jobs over the next three years. As expected, the firm is recruiting on its own website, but will also promote the jobs with agencies from the local community. Salaries haven’t been disclosed, but Amazon said there is a “competitive base rate of pay”, while HR assistant, operations manager, area manager, engineering technician and learning specialist are among the 17 jobs advertised.
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“Our existing Doncaster team has done an exceptional job of delivering a first rate level of service for our customers and we are delighted to open another site which will further draw upon the strong pool of talent in the area,“ said John Tagawa, VP of operations, Amazon UK.“We will continue to create new sites, more jobs and provide a wide range of benefits for our employees.” Said benefits are to include stock grants after one year’s service, private medical insurance, life assurance, income protection and staff discount. Elsewhere, its career choice programme prepays 95 per cent of tuition fees for staff to take courses, while employees work four ten-hour shifts a week and gain three days off. Ros Jones, mayor of Doncaster, said: “This excellent news emphasises that Doncaster is open for business, and I am delighted that so many jobs have been created. Amazon’s decision to open this centre in Doncaster shows our strength as a logistics hub, and emphasises how much our economy is growing.” With one centre in Doncaster already, other locations are in Dunfermline, Gourock, Hemel Hempstead, Marston Gate, Peterborough, Rugeley, Swansea Bay and Dunstable – which collectively employ 7,000 people. By Zen Terrelonge
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