Amazon to double UK R&D workforce

Amazon officially opened its new UK office in Shoreditch, London earlier this week, also announcing plans to double its R&D workforce in London.

The online giant has said it is to take on all 15 storeys of the Principal Place building (some 600,000 square feet of space) so it can double the capacity of its London Development Centre from 450 high tech staff to 900, as well as housing a number of other corporate roles for the UK business.

Amazon plans to have 5000 corporate and R&D roles in London by the end of the year. These are to be spread across three offices in Holborn, Shoreditch and the Barbican.

According to the company statement: “The opening of Principal Place is part of Amazon’s significant investment in the UK, with the company investing more than £6.4 billion in the UK in building and running its operations since 2010. This year Amazon has pledged to create 5,000 new permanent roles across the country, bringing its total workforce to 24,000 across its head office, three development centres as well as its fulfilment and customer service centres.”

Even as other businesses batten down the hatches, Amazon seems to be planning for a bright future post Brexit. It is one company that has a clear focus on the road ahead even amidst media forecasts of doom and gloom. The company has been building out its FC network and now with its improved corporate HQ certainly seems to be betting on success of a post Brexit future.

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