The Amazon Company plans to double number of Search & Development center in London, and announcing it will now take all 15 storeys and 600,000 sq. ft. of new head office, thus, will increase number of workers focusing on Prime Video service in capital from 450 to 900 high tech roles. As the part of plan, Amazon will expand its UK workforce to 24,000 by the end of 2017.
The R&D team in London focuses on developing Amazon’s Prime Video service. Their recent work includes building a mobile downloads feature that allows users of Prime Video to watch programmers without being connected to the internet.
Look at the past, Amazon has already invested £6.4 billion in the UK since 2010 and pledged to this year create 5,000 new jobs in the UK to reach 24,000 permanent employees across the country.
Amazon’s London R&D center will be located in its new UK head office of Shoreditch, which officially opens this week.
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Christopher North, managing director of Amazon’s head of UK operations, said: “We have already invested well over £1bn and created more than 7,000 permanent jobs across the UK.
“To support our continued growth in the UK, we have secured this exceptional building giving us the capacity to hire thousands of new employees in London in the coming years, in addition to the thousands of permanent roles we will create across our UK fulfilment and customer service centres.”
Matt Hancock, the minister for digital, said: “This is great news for Britain, Amazon’s increased investment in developing cutting-edge technology in London is another vote of confidence in the UK as a world-leading centre of creativity and innovation.”
Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, said Amazon had “put its confidence in our unique blend of talent, creativity and access to finance”, adding that London remains the “tech capital of Europe”.
Doug Gurr, the UK country manager for Amazon, said: “London is one of the world’s truly great cities and home to some of the most talented, creative people on the planet, and we are delighted to provide our teams of innovators with a new, purpose-built workplace.”
Except invested £6.4 billion in the UK since 2010, Amazon says it also has R&D sites in Edinburgh and Cambridge, which are working on voice recognition services, drones, and developing Amazon’s online and mobile shopping services. By the end of the year, the company will have 1,500 UK-based staff working on R&D.