Amazon Brings 900 New Jobs To Scotland

Online retailer Amazon is creating 900 jobs in the second major expansion of its Scottish operation this year.

The firm's going to create 500 permanent and 400 temporary positions at a new customer service centre in Edinburgh.

The announcement today comes just months after Amazon unveiled plans for 950 full-time jobs in Scotland.

The new customer service centre in Edinburgh will open in August, a few months before Amazon's one million square foot fulfilment centre in Dunfermline.

First Minister Alex Salmond said: "Amazon is globally recognised as a leader in online retail and I am delighted that the company is expanding its Scottish operations with the creation of a new customer services centre in Edinburgh.

Amazon has a substantial presence in Scotland and this announcement is testament to the quality, strength and skills of its Scottish workforce. This news provides a significant boost to the local economy, creates 900 jobs in the heart of Edinburgh, and demonstrates the company's commitment to working in Scotland.

The Scottish Government, Scottish Development International and Scottish Enterprise is working hard to attract new jobs and investment to communities across the country.

This announcement reinforces and supports our message that Scotland is an attractive and competitive destination for major global companies to invest and do business."

Vice president of European operations and customer service at Amazon Allan Lyall said: "As our business continues to grow and we move into new areas like grocery, sports and clothing, our customer services support needs to expand as well.

Edinburgh is an outstanding location, providing us with access to a highly-skilled workforce who will help us to achieve the high standards of customer service that shoppers at expect.

Scotland has been home to a number of Amazon fulfilment centres for many years and we are delighted to be expanding our operations within the country with a new customer service centre and fulfilment facility."