Amazon’s move to the ex-Jaguar Land Rover site on Browns Lane, Coventry has come with a reported 800 jobs, but Amazon insist they will create 1650.
The company faced political backlash after allegedly reducing the jobs on offer by half the size promised. Criticisms formed as the high creation of jobs was the compromise that allowed the application for Amazon to occupy the warehouse, since it would boost Coventry’s economy.
Yesterday (Tuesday), Amazon wrote to Coventry City Council deputy chief executive Martin Yardley to clarify that they are set to create the 1650 jobs promised in the November application on the 40,000 square metre warehouse site. The first phase of this plan would be the creation of 800 jobs.
“The 800 job number is first phase and we plan to reach the figures cited in the planning application in due course with future phases, as we normally open up and hire in phases,” the Amazon email said.
“We can confirm Amazon is already seeking permission to extend the car parks because they know they will need it for all the extra workers,” Cabinet member for jobs and regeneration, Councillor Jim O’Boyle said.
“We remain more than confident, due to their obvious building plans at the moment, that this site will employ at least 1650 people going forward,” O’Boyle confirmed.
“The new site will be our first dedicated receive centre in the UK”
“We are delighted to announce we will begin recruiting later this year for more than 800 people in a range of new, full-time permanent roles for our building in Coventry, from operations managers and graduates to engineers, HR and IT specialists to warehouse operators,” Amazon director of customer fulfilment, Stefano Perego says.
“The new site will be our first dedicated receive centre in the UK and we look forward to collect applications from people interested in receiving competitive pay and comprehensive benefits from day one, working at Amazon.”
The company are looking for a range of employees for temporary and permanent work places.
“All permanent employees receive competitive pay and are given stock grants, which over the last five years were on average equal to £1,000 or more per year per person,” Perego added.
“Employees are also offered a comprehensive benefits package, including private medical insurance, life assurance, income protection, subsidised meals and an employee discount, which combined are worth more than £700 annually, as well as a company pension plan.”
“Amazon also runs an innovative programme called Career Choice that provides employees funding for adult education, offering to pre-pay 95 per cent of tuition and associated fees for nationally recognised courses, up to £8,000 over four years.”