Amazon has marked the start of London Technology Week by announcing that its move to London is now complete. More than 2,000 employees – the majority of whom were previously based in Slough – have taken up residency in three locations across the capital. The three offices are 60 Holborn Viaduct which is the new Amazon UK corporate headquarters, Glasshouse Yard near the Barbican and Leadenhall Court.
Amazon expects to hire hundreds of new employees across the three London sites in 2015 alone, having already recruited more than 1,000 corporate employees in new positions in the last three years.
“London is now officially our new home,” said Christopher North, managing director at Amazon UK. “The move to the capital was vitally important to our continued growth in the UK and to finding the very best talent who will join our existing team that works day in, day out to provide an exceptional service for our customers all over the country, Europe and the world.”
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP said: “With our unrivalled mix of investors, talent and creativity it is hardly surprising that tech businesses such as Amazon are clamouring to be part of the incredible London tech story. This sector has flourished beyond recognition in the last five years, creating thousands of jobs and outpacing the rest of the economy.”
Amazon’s London-based technology development centre, with hundreds of technology engineers responsible for developing the company’s global Amazon Instant Video services, is based in its new home at Leadenhall Court. The team also includes significant technology resources to support Amazon’s platform, mobile applications, product development and design teams. Amazon’s growing video business is recruiting for tech talent, with more than 50 open positions currently available.
Amazon is also working with UK universities and business schools to increase and expand an established internship offering, which supports growing MBA and Graduate Programmes. More than 20 interns received placements every year for the past three years with the Amazon Instant Video development teams to work on defined software development projects with experienced mentors.
The move to the three office locations in London is just the start. In 2017, Amazon will open a new building at Principal Place in Shoreditch which will provide enough total capacity to house 5,000 employees.
Amazon now has over 8,000 permanent employees in the UK and expects to hire thousands more in the coming years.