Amazon announced this Thursday that during 2021 it will create 3,000 new permanent jobs in Spain, increasing its workforce to a total of 15,000 employees . These new positions include all types of profiles and training levels, from entry-level positions in operations to software developers and engineers, business leaders, data scientists and machine learning, as well as cloud experts and solution architects who They work at Amazon Web Services.
“We are incredibly proud to continue generating employment in Spain as we expand our network and our operations in the country to respond to the trust placed in us by millions of customers, as well as by the thousands of Spanish SMEs that sell their products in our stores.
Ten years after the launch of Amazon.com, our commitment to Spain is stronger than ever and we are delighted to continue generating attractive job opportunities and contributing to the economic recovery, “said Mariangela Marseglia, Vice President and General Manager of Amazon at Italy and Spain.
By the end of 2020, Amazon had contributed to generating jobs for more than 100,000 people in Spain, including indirect positions in its supply chain, including, for example, construction, real estate and professional services, but also people who work for the 9,000 Spanish SMEs that currently sell in Amazon stores .
“At Amazon we have the opportunity to create the way in which thousands of people and companies buy and sell products online, and that is a source of extraordinary inspiration to continue innovating every day,” explains Juan Barbero, project manager and one of the managers of the Despega Program.
“In the current context of the pandemic, I had the opportunity to be part of Despega, a program designed to support SMEs and Spanish entrepreneurs to develop skills and competencies to be successful selling online and expand their businesses throughout Europe and the world. Working on this initiative made me even more aware of the importance of digitization as a key driver of economic recovery . Even after more than 5 years working in various teams, for us it is always like the first day. ”
Since Amazon started its activity in 2011 in Spain, the company has invested more than 6.8 billion euros in infrastructure and facilities, shipping and transportation, salaries and benefits for employees, as well as other logistics costs. In 2020 alone, the company invested more than 2,500 million euros in improving its processes, salaries and ensuring a reliable and punctual service to customers.
Investments, competitive benefits and training for employees
Amazon offers industry-leading benefits such as private health insurance, employee discounts, as well as a pension plan. Amazon also offers permanent employees at fulfillment centers an innovative program called Career Choice, which provides financing for adult education , offering advance payment of 95% of tuition and associated fees for nationally recognized courses, up to 8,000 euros in four years.
“You have many doors open to advance your career. Amazon helps you find your way, work on your skills and especially improve your weaknesses. You have a voice and the opportunity to make improvements and develop projects on your own.
It allows you to combine your professional and personal life, although many of us like and are so passionate about working at Amazon that we can’t stop thinking about future projects, future improvements, changes that can create a real impact, etc. “, explains Berta Puig Domenjo, a trainer in one of the Amazon logistics centers in Barcelona.
Amazon’s logistics network in Spain covers more than 30 centers . In 2020, the company opened two new logistics centers in Dos Hermanas (Seville) and Alcalá de Henares (Madrid), as well as three logistics stations in Murcia, Rubí (Barcelona) and Leganés (Madrid).
The company’s logistics footprint will continue to grow in 2021 with two new logistics centers in Murcia and Illescas, which will include the latest Amazon Robotics technology focused on the health and well-being of employees. Amazon has also announced that it will open five logistics stations in Alicante, Tarragona, Barcelona, Montcada and Mollet del Vallès, in order to increase its offer and improve the support it provides to its commercial partners, while creating new quality jobs in the regions where Opera.
“Not only large urban areas benefit from the economic impact of Amazon, as smaller cities and towns in different Spanish regions are also seeing how Amazon helps them reduce their unemployment rate. We are also welcoming a large number of young people who might have difficulty finding a job in the current economic climate. The indirect effects of Amazon’s activities, in addition to our direct investments, have contributed 8.3 billion euros to the country’s GDP in the last 10 years, “said Marseglia .
Amazon is seeing its Tech Hubs grow rapidly in Madrid and Barcelona, where nearly 600 software developers, IT engineers and data scientists work on applications for Amazon Business, Kindle and books, retail and artificial intelligence. To support the growing customer demand for Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud services in the Iberian Peninsula, AWS will open the AWS Europe (Spain) region in mid-2022 , ahead of schedule.
The new AWS Europe (Spain) region, which represents an additional investment of 2.5 billion euros by AWS in the country over the next 10 years, will allow customers to run workloads and store data securely in Spain, while serving end users with even lower latency. This new investment will also increase Spain’s GDP by approximately € 1.8 billion and create 1,300 new jobs in the next 10 years.