Amazon, the e-commerce giant, is now ready to further cement its commitment to the United Kingdom after the company revealed its plans for the establishment of a new research centre that will be located in Manchester. It also revealed its plans for the its expansion in Cambridge and Edinburgh which will open up more than 1,000 new highly-skilled jobs in the country next year.
The firm labelled the project as “Silicon Valley jobs in Britain.” The new offices in Manchester will produce 600 positions that will work on artificial intelligence, research for new products, and software development.
Also, the new jobs and office expansions that are allocated to the existing research centres in Cambridge and Edinburgh are set to house the work on products such as Alexa, the voice assistant of Amazon. It will also house the work on its range of Echo smart speakers and Prime Air, a future delivery service that aims to get the packages to the customers in 30 minutes or less with the use of drones.
Liam Fox, the trade secretary of the United Kingdom, said that the fresh investment of Amazon represented “an enormous vote of confidence in the UK, and a signal to the world that the UK is very much open for business.”
The news of the plans for expansion comes after the opening of a new headquarters and development centre of Amazon that is located in Shoreditch in 2017 which is housed inside the new Principle Place building. IT also comes after a move to increase the salaries of all that employees in the United Kingdom over the Living Wage rate.
London employees will be receiving a wage increase to a minimum of £10.50 per hour starting from the 1st of November, including both its 17,000-strong full-time employees and its 20,000 temporary agency employees across the United Kingdom.