Retail behemoth has unveiled plans for a new site in Warrington, creating 1,200 new permanent jobs to meet swelling customer demand.

The company said that it would start hiring later this year, for a range of new roles, including operations managers, engineers, human resources and IT specialists.

“We are thrilled to begin recruitment for 1,200 new permanent roles in Warrington with competitive wages and comprehensive benefits starting on day one,” said Stefano Perego, Amazon’s director of UK customer fulfilment.

The Warrington site will be a so-called fulfilment centre, where goods are received, stored, packaged and prepared for shipment to customers.

Amazon said that all permanent fulfilment centre employees will start on a wage of £7.65 an hour or more.

Employees will also be offered a package, including private medical insurance, life assurance, income protection, subsidised meals and an employee discount, which combined are worth more than £700 annually, as well as a company pension plan.

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The UK has for some years been a major market for Amazon and in February the company announced that it intends to , despite the uncertainty unleashed by Brexit.

Last month the sprawling Seattle-headquartered group , aimed at doing for businesses what it already does for individual customers, by offering a marketplace where companies can buy everything from industrial machinery to paper clips and janitorial equipment – even in bulk.

The company has said that after this year’s expansion drive, it expects to have a total UK workforce of 24,000. 

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