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Amazon says to create 5,000 jobs in UK

US tech and retail giant Amazon says it would create 5,000 British jobs this year, in a show of confidence in the UK economy/AFP

LONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 20 – US tech and retail giant Amazon on Monday said it would create 5,000 British jobs this year, in a show of confidence in the UK economy ahead of Brexit.

“Amazon UK today announced plans to create more than 5,000 full-time jobs this year, taking the company’s total UK workforce to over 24,000,” a statement said.

“These new job opportunities are for people with all types of experience, education and skill levels, from software developers, engineers and technicians, to those seeking entry-level positions and on-the-job training,” it added.

Amazon separately said it was creating 1,500 positions in France under plans to have 15,000 new posts across Europe in 2017.

The company is meanwhile in the process of providing 100,000 new positions in the United States by the middle of next year.

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