EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom
Region: Bedfordshire CC; Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire; East of England
Location of affected unit(s): Dunstable


Sector: Retail
Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
47.91 - Retail sale via mail order houses or via Internet
Number Employed: 7000
Group: Amazon

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 12-05-2015
Type of Restructuring: Business expansion
Employment Effect Start: 01-09-2015
Planned Job Creation: 500

Additional Information

US internet company, Amazon is to  create 500 new jobs in the United Kingdom.

The jobs will be filled on a permanent basis and will be located in a new distribution centre situated in Dunstable in Bedfordshire. The facility will open in autumn 2015. This will then bring the total of Amazon’s UK-based distribution facilities to nine; the others are located in Doncaster, Dunfermline, Gourlock, Hemel Hemstead, Marston Gate, Peterborough, Rugeley and Swansea Bay.

As previously reported, Amazon has expanded its workforce by more than 2,000 jobs during the past two years so it now has a UK-based workforce of over 7,000.

Update 12 June 2015: Amazon will open another distribution centre located in Sunderland in North-East England, becoming the thirteenth distribution centre in the UK. Amazon will directly employ 20 people at the new Sunderland site. A further 200 supply-chain jobs will be created for drivers in the nine delivery companies that will operate out of the distribution centre.