By Laura Taylor • 21 July 2020 • 16:18
This Tuesday the shopping site announced that Amazon will create 2,000 new jobs in various Spanish regions by the end of 2020. This new job increase will bring its permanent workforce to a total of 9,000 employees.
THESE new jobs include all types of skill levels and profiles, ranging from entry-level operation jobs to engineers, software developers, data scientists, and cloud computing experts.
“Our long-term commitment to Spain remains strong and, as part of our approved plans, issued months ago, we will continue to create a considerable number of quality jobs. We are delighted to welcome 2,000 new colleagues in a particularly challenging year. I am especially excited about the launch of new logistics centres in areas that have historically suffered from high unemployment rates,” says the vice president and general manager for Amazon Spain, Mariangela Marseglia, in a press release sent to the media.
During 2020, Amazon announced the opening of two new logistics centres in Dos Hermanas (Sevilla) and Alcala de Henares (Madrid). As well as the start-up of three logistics stations in Murcia, Rube (Barcelona) and Leganes (Madrid).
On the other hand, the company is expanding its Madrid Tech Hub, in which more than 300 developers and computer engineers work on software applications for Amazon Business, reading technologies and Kindle, as well as technology for retail sales. In addition, Amazon Web Services will open a new AWS Europe region (Spain) with a data centre located in Aragon, which will be operational around the end of 2022 and the beginning of 2023.
Aside from all these direct hires, a recent study commissioned by Amazon by the strategy and economy consultancy Keystone calculates that the companies that participate in its supply chain, which include, for example, construction services, real estate and professional services, generate an additional 82,000 jobs until the end of 2019. This figure also includes those who work for the SMEs (over 8,000) currently selling on Amazon.
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Laura Taylor is a graduate from the University of Leeds. At university, she obtained a Bachelors in Communication and Media, as well as a Masters in International Relations. She is half British and half Spanish and resides in Malaga. Her focus when writing news typically encompasses national Spanish news and local news from the Costa del Sol.
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But what about the other side of the story? It’s sad that this will result in the destruction of hundreds of small shops and family businesses that will be forced to close? I suppose this is progress?
(not your fault, just a comment on the sad way the world is going)
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