Business expansion
United Kingdom
East of England; Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire; Bedfordshire CC
Location of affected unit(s)
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale Via Stalls And Markets Or Other
47.91 - Retail sale via mail order houses or via Internet

500 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
12 May 2015
Employment effect (start)
1 September 2015
Foreseen end date


US internet company, Amazon is to  create 500 new jobs in the United Kingdom.

The jobs will be filled on a permanent basis and will be located in a new distribution centre situated in Dunstable in Bedfordshire. The facility will open in autumn 2015. This will then bring the total of Amazon’s UK-based distribution facilities to nine; the others are located in Doncaster, Dunfermline, Gourlock, Hemel Hemstead, Marston Gate, Peterborough, Rugeley and Swansea Bay.

As previously reported, Amazon has expanded its workforce by more than 2,000 jobs during the past two years so it now has a UK-based workforce of over 7,000.

Update 12 June 2015: Amazon will open another distribution centre located in Sunderland in North-East England, becoming the thirteenth distribution centre in the UK. Amazon will directly employ 20 people at the new Sunderland site. A further 200 supply-chain jobs will be created for drivers in the nine delivery companies that will operate out of the distribution centre. 



Eurofound (2015), Amazon, Business expansion in United Kingdom, factsheet number 79955, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/79955.