Amazon creates 5,000 new jobs in Spain closing the year with 12,000 permanent employees
MADRID, 14 January 2019 – Amazon announced today that in 2020 it created 5,000 new jobs, bringing its current permanent workforce in Spain to 12,000 employees. These new roles are for workers of all backgrounds and education levels, including entry-level positions in operations, software developers and engineers, business and account managers, data scientists and machine-learning professionals, as well as cloud experts and solution architects working at Amazon Web Services.
“We are incredibly proud to support thousands of Spanish people and their families in these challenging times. This is not only great news for those looking for a new job, but also a clear vote of confidence in Spain´s economy hoping we can contribute to accelerate the recovery from the pandemic,” highlighted Mariangela Marseglia, VP and Country Manager for Italy and Spain. “We have been overwhelmed by the trust millions of Spanish customers have bestowed upon us and will continue to work relentlessly for them and the thousands of SMEs who rely on us”.
Amazon´s current network in Spain encompasses more than 28 different sites. In 2020 alone, the company opened two new fulfillment centers in Dos Hermanas (Seville) and Alcalá de Henares (Madrid), as well as three delivery stations in Murcia, Rubí (Barcelona) and Leganés (Madrid). Amazon is also expanding its rapidly growing Madrid Tech hub where over 400 software developers and computer engineers are working on applications for Amazon Business, Kindle technologies and retail. Amazon Web Services will open a new AWS Europe Region (Spain) which will be operational by end 2022 or early 2023.
In addition to the permanent workforce, Amazon hired 7,000 people to reinforce its logistics operations all across the country during the last festive season. To recognize the work of all its frontline employees, permanent and temporary operations employees who were with the company from December 1 to December 31 qualify for a bonus of 300 EUR for those working full-time and a prorated bonus for those working part time.
In addition to all these hires, a recent study commissioned by Amazon to the strategy and economic consulting firm Keystone estimates that companies in its supply chain, including, for example, building, property and professional services, generated an additional 82,000 jobs by end 2019. That also includes the more than 14,000 people working for the 9,000 Spanish SMEs currently selling on Amazon.
Investments, Competitive Benefits and Training for Spanish Employees
Since Amazon began its business activities in 2011 in Spain, the company has invested over 2.9 € billion in infrastructure and facilities, shipping and transportation, salaries and benefits for employees, as well as other logistics expenses.
Amazon offers industry-leading benefits such as private medical insurance, life assurance, an employee discount, as well as a company pension plan. Amazon also offers fulfillment centers’ associates an innovative program called Career Choice that provides funding for adult education, offering to pre-pay 95% of tuition and associated fees for nationally recognized courses, up to €8,000 over four years.
Amazon has been recognized by Universum in 2020 as one of the "Most Attractive Employers in Spain" (4th position in the ranking of IT and Engineering students this year). It has also been ranked #2 in Forbes newly released World's Best Employers 2020 list and in YouGov´s “Workers´Choice 2019 Best Brand”. To explore job opportunities at Amazon, visit www.amazon.jobs.
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