Amazon has opened its new Digital Media Development in London, announced in July, creating one hundred new jobs in the process.
The new eight floor centre will create interactive digital services for televisions, game consoles, smartphones and PCs as well as services and APIs that improve the “digital media experience” of Amazon’s worldwide websites. It will also house the development teams for services such as Pushbutton and LoveFilm.
The online retailer is currently recruiting for a number of positions, including software development engineers, user interface experts and graphic designers.
“It’s fantastic to welcome Amazon’s new tech hub to London, giving the capital yet another vote of confidence from the world’s leading innovators,” he said. “Boosting London’s tech and media workforce is key to driving the capital’s economy and helping to create jobs and growth.”
“The number one reason that we located the new Amazon Development Centre in London is because we believe that the capital is brimming with world class tech talent,” said Paula Byrne, Managing Director of the Centre in London. “We are now looking for the most innovative and creative people to join us in designing and developing the next generation of TV and film services for a global audience.”
Last week, Amazon created 600 new permanent jobs at its new fulfilment centre in Hemel Hempstead and announced that it planned to create 2,000 more positions over the next two years at three new centres.
The government welcomed the news despite the fact that Amazon is currently the subject of an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) following revelations that it doesn’t pay any corporation tax on the £3.3 billion worth of sales it generated in the UK last year – since it has been based in Luxembourg since 2006.
The retailer recently announced new versions of its Kindle Fire in a move that will see the tablet be released in the UK for the first time.
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