Santa comes early!

MCHG 746 David Cameron visits Amazon in Hemel Hempstead.'Local manager Sharon Thomas.
MCHG 746 David Cameron visits Amazon in Hemel Hempstead.'Local manager Sharon Thomas.

Online retailer Amazon has brought an early festive gift to Hemel Hempstead with the announcement it will hire more than 1,000 extra workers from the area during the busy Christmas shopping season.

The biggest online shopping site in the world moved into the Mammoth building in Boundary Way earlier this year, creating 600 permanent jobs.

Last month Prime Minister David Cameron paid a visit during the site’s official opening.

Across the UK, the company will be taking on more than 10,000 temporary employees in its fulfilment centres during the festive season and more than 1,000 of those will be based at Hemel Hempstead.

Director of operations Catherine McDermott said: “On our busiest shopping day last Christmas, we saw customers order a total of three million items during one 24-hour period at a rate of 35 items every second.”

At the Christmas peak in 2011, Amazon’s UK centres shipped more than 2.1m units in one 24-hour period – a total of 1,124 tonnes of goods – which meant a delivery truck left a fulfilment centre once every two minutes and 45 seconds.

Recruitment for the jobs – involving picking, packing, shipping and delivering parcels – is already under way.

If you want to find out more at www.amazon-operations.co.uk