Monday, September 28, 2020

Amazon to create 1,000 jobs in East Midlands expansion

Amazon has announced plans to create 1,000 permanent jobs at a new fulfilment centre in Sutton-in-Ashfield as part of its expansion in the East Midlands.

Construction on the 550,000 sq ft warehouse began last year.

It has been built on Summit Park, located off the Mansfield and Ashfield Regeneration Route (MARR).

It will be the fourth fulfilment centre in the region after opening sites in Chesterfield, Kegworth and Coalville.

The online retail multinational will begin recruiting later this month for a range of roles, including engineers, HR and IT professionals, health & safety and finance specialists, and operations managers.

Responding to the announcement, East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) deputy chief executive Diane Beresford said: “We all know the challenges facing the employment market right now so this is exactly the kind of positive announcement the region needs with high-quality jobs offering salaries well above the National Living Wage.

“The latest figures by the Office for National Statistics this week showed that the unemployment rate for April to June had risen by 0.6 per cent to 4.3 per cent compared to the previous quarter. Finding alternative employment for these people whose livelihoods have been affected by the economic crisis we find ourselves in is so important.

“As the world continues to shift towards online shopping, our region’s position in the centre of the country makes us a very desirable location for companies to invest in their logistics operations. We see this growing and innovative industry being a really key part of our economy as we come out of COVID-19 that should be wholeheartedly embraced by people in the East Midlands.”

Cllr Jason Zadrozny, Leader of Ashfield District Council said “It is fantastic that Amazon have announced they’ll be opening their latest fulfilment centre in Ashfield. This is possibly the largest ever single investment in the Ashfield area and in the region as a whole.

“Ashfield District Council has worked hard to attract a large multinational to the District, and that hard work has paid off. An investment like this is a real game changer for the District and the amount of further investment it will bring will have an incredible effect on Ashfield.”

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