Amazon's Christmas jobs bonanza
HUNDREDS of new jobs are to be created at Amazon after bosses revealed plans to double the workforce for Christmas — although they refused to say exactly how many.
The mixture of temporary and permanent posts will be recruited in the next few months to cope with the festive rush.
It is not the only firm taking on extra staff for the Christmas period in the Swansea Bay area.
Toys R Us also announced that it was looking to recruit an extra 110 temporary staff for its Parc Tawe store.
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Last December, around 1,000 staff manned Amazon's new 800,000 sq ft operation in Jersey Marine.
The online retail firm's storage space had only been open a few months at the time.
After a successful settling-in period, an Amazon spokesman said the company expected to generate staffing levels "significantly" above December's mark but refused to speculate exactly how many.
"We are currently ramping up our operations as we prepare for the Christmas period," said the spokesman.
"Last year, Amazon.co.uk shipped more than one million items during its busiest 24-hour period from four UK fulfilment centres, the biggest of which is here in Swansea Bay.
"Last year was our first Christmas in Swansea Bay and since then, we have continued to increase the volume of products held and fulfilled from this centre.
"As such, we are preparing for a much bigger Christmas at this centre in 2009. Although we don't provide specific numbers of employees for sites in the UK, I can say that we will be looking to more than double our workforce over the coming months.
"This recruitment will result in a significantly higher number of associates making up
our workforce at Christmas 2009 than in the previous year."