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Amazon will create a further 1,000 permanent UK jobs by the end of 2016.

The online giant announced new roles across areas including head office, research and development centres and its fulfilment centres over the next five months.

The new roles will be on top of the 2,500 extra jobs announced in January, taking its total UK workforce to more than 15,500.

Amazon said the increased workforce would help it prepare for the festive season and deliver its Prime Now service, which launched in the UK last year. The one-hour delivery service is now available to 30% of the population.

Amazon UK country manager Doug Gurr said the company would recruit for a variety of roles including software engineers, service technicians and operations managers. “We are creating thousands of new jobs to continue to deliver the experience our customers know and love during the festive season and beyond.”