Doncaster has received a jobs boost in the run-up to Christmas with a recruitment drive at the town’s Amazon warehouse.
More than 100 seasonal staff are being recruited in the next few weeks and some of the posts could be made permanent, says the world’s biggest online retailer.
Amazon yesterday confirmed it is hiring more than 15,000 seasonal staff across the UK, including in South Yorkshire, to meet customers’ Christmas demand.
A company spokesman said at least 100 more people would be required at the centre on Balby Carr Bank.
The US internet giant, which is expanding UK operations, said it expected hundreds of the temporary staff would later be able to take up permanent jobs.
Amazon said it was creating a variety of roles across its eight ‘fulfilment centres’ and its Edinburgh customer service centre.
Catherine McDermott, director of operations at Amazon, said: “On our busiest shopping day last Christmas, customers ordered a total of 3.5 million items during one 24-hour period at a rate of 44 items a second.
“During the Christmas season, seasonal associates play a critical role in making sure we meet increased demand from customers.
“As we continue to expand our UK operations, we expect many hundreds of these temporary associates to move into permanent positions, as has been the case in previous years.”
Amazon said last year it hired 10,000 seasonal staff in the run-up to the festive season and by the end of January had offered roles to 1,000 of them. It has more than 6,000 permanent employees in this country.
Recruitment for the 15,000 seasonal jobs will be ongoing in the run-up to the Christmas period.
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