Online giant Amazon UK has announced that it will recruit an additional 19,000 people over the festive period to cope with demand and “maintain” its high-level of service.

The majority of the festive roles will be in the company’s distribution warehouse and customer service centres across the country. Amazon has eight distribution centres in the UK in Doncaster, Dunfermline, Gourock, Hemel Hempstead, Milton Keynes, Peterborough, Rugeley and Swansea Bay. A ninth will open in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, by Christmas, which will also create 500 full-time roles.

John Tagawa, Amazon's vice president of UK operations, said: "We are 100 percent focused on providing an exceptional customer experience and to ensure that we maintain this high level of service during the Christmas period, thousands of seasonal associates will join our teams across the UK.

"There are many people who take up seasonal roles each and every Christmas. We look forward to welcoming them back, as well as the many new faces who will join us for the first time.”


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