Amazon to create over 1,300 jobs in Swindon

By Anita Jaynes on 14 May, 2021

The e-commerce giant is set open its new regional distribution centre at Symmetry Park later this year. 

The site the company is moving to was sold to Panattoni for £200 million in 2020 and was the biggest single warehouse sale in British history. 

The new centre is part of Amazon’s UK wide expansion plan which will see the creation of 10,000 jobs across five new sites, with more distribution centres opening in Hinckley, Dartford and Gateshead with a parcel centre opening in Doncaster.

Leader of Swindon Borough Council, David Renard, welcomed the boost for the town. He said, “This is excellent news and I’m very glad it’s now in the public domain.

“We have had extensive talks with Panattoni, the company building the Symmetry Park site, and we know that it was Amazon who were the clients but were unable to say that for reasons of commercial confidentiality.

“Swindon has a strong economy. It is looking well-placed to bounce back from the pandemic and this will help. It will bring a lot of jobs to Swindon and many of them are very skilled jobs.”

Amazon has also announced that, working with the British Chambers of Commerce, it will invest £10 million over three years to train up to 5,000 employees across the UK in new skills and support the Government’s investment programme. 

Amazon’s UK Country Manager, John Boumphrey, said, “We’re creating thousands of good jobs across the UK from a diverse range of roles with excellent pay and benefits. 

“We’re also delighted to be working with the British Chambers of Commerce on a pioneering approach to our Career Choice programme, to provide the training and skilled workers needed to boost local economies right across the country.

“We’re proud of the front-line roles we offer across Amazon, and we also know that they will be a stepping-stone for some in their career journey. For people whose ambitions fall outside of our company, we are pleased to support them by paying for training and academic courses that can get them to where they want to be.”

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