E-commerce behemoth Amazon.com has said that the surging U.S. market has prompted it to create as many as 6000 permanent jobs in Europe to cater to the increasingly robust demand. These new jobs were created in 2014. According to sources from the company, all of these are permanent jobs – an indication that companies are indeed putting their money behind the resurgent U.S. economy. With the new additions, the total number of people employed by Amazon has gone up to 32,000 in the European Union alone.
The new positions are located across various segments such as supply chain management, logistics management, software development, customer support and service, and supply chain design.
Amazon intends to continue creating new jobs and scaling up investments in the European region with an eye on the possibility of brisk business in the United States. According to the company’s EU retail vice president Xavier Garambois, Amazon.com is still in the investment phase, and hopes to continue creating more jobs in the year ahead.
It’s not just demand in the U.S. that is surging, consumer demand in the European region was looking strong as well, said the Amazon official. While United States is the biggest market for Amazon, Germany holds the next place of significance in the company’s overall growth plans. In fact, of the 6,000 new jobs that were created in the EU region in 2014, Germany grabbed 1,200. Currently, Amazon employs about 10,000 warehouse staff in Germany and it also falls back on as many seasonal workers to meet the yearly holiday season demand spike. However, the company has recently suffered setbacks in the country after hundreds of workers went on strike to protest working conditions and pay.
After Germany, Amazon.com created a considerable number of jobs in Britain as well, where demand has been encouraging.