Peterborough MPs delighted as Amazon plans to create 1,000 seasonal jobs
Leading politicians have welcomed Amazon’s plans to create 1,000 seasonal jobs in Peterborough.
The online retail giant, which already has 1,000 permanent staff at its fulfilment centre in Kingston Park, has just embarked on a recruitment campaign for the festive season.
The retailer wants to hire up to 1,000 people for a variety of roles at the Peterborough centre.
It says that pay rates will start at £9.50 per hour for all full-time, part-time, temporary and seasonal roles.
It is a welcome employment boost for Peterborough, which has seen a steep rise in Universal Credit claimants as the Covid crisis took its toll on many employers.
North West Cambridgeshire MP Shailesh Vara said: “This is a significant number of jobs for our area and it is good news.
“Many people have lost their jobs recently and I know they will be pleased for the opportunity to take one of these positions.
He added: “As we try to post our local economy it is important that we have a variety of employment opportunities and the jobs offered by Amazon add to that diversity of employment.”
Peterborough MP Paul Bristow said: “It is fantastic that Amazon is creating these jobs in Peterborough.
“These jobs ensure people can feed their families, pay their rent and mortgage and provide tax revenue.
He said: “Peterborough needs different types of jobs and different types of employers.
“It is proof that Peterborough is bouncing back and has a positive future.”
Figures released by the Department of Work and Pensions show that the number of Universal Credit claimants rise by 606 in July to 23,593 - a rise of 2.6 per cent on the previous month.
However, at the same time a number of companies from a variety of sectors have been creating jobs.
Food supplier AMK Fresh is looking to fill up to 85 vacancies at its newly opened factory in Peterborough Gateway, Alwalton Hill, while telecommunications company the Opals Group is hiring new staff after moving to a £2 million HQ in Morley Way, Woodston.
A further 10 jobs will be created as two companies, robotics systems manufacturer, Automation and Robotic Technology, and vehicle personalisation business JPB Signs, Axis Park in Manasty Road, Orton Southgate.