Global online retailer Amazon announced a further expansion of its United Kingdom operations on Friday (13 October) with the creation of another 1,200 new "full-time permanent jobs" at its Bolton warehouse or "Fulfilment Centre" as it calls them.
Robots were first introduced to Amazon's United Kingdom fulfilment centres a year ago.
The Daventry site opened in February while Doncaster, Warrington and Tilbury have recently started their operations.
Amazon is set to open its third fulfilment centre in the North West of England, creating thousands of jobs and bringing the retailers investment in the United Kingdom to £6.4 billion since 2010. The warehouse will be equipped with advanced robotics technology that sees robots slide under a tower of shelves where products are stowed, lift it and move it through the fulfilment centre. "We are thrilled to begin recruitment for 1,200 new permanent roles in Bolton with competitive wages and comprehensive benefits starting on day one". Some 1,200 people will work at the site, Amazon's third in the North West, in roles from operations managers and engineers to HR and IT specialists.
The addition of Amazon to the growing employment hub, which also houses major sites for companies including Aldi and MBDA, was described as a "real coup" by town hall bosses when the news was first revealed by The Bolton News yesterday.
Amazon now has 16 warehouses in the UK.
AMAZON has confirmed that its new Bolton hub will open in 2018.