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Amazon to create 2,500 Christmas jobs in Scotland

Inside one of Amazon's 'fulfilment centres'
Demand for Amazon services increases in the run up to Christmas

Online retailer Amazon has announced it is hiring more than 2,500 seasonal staff across Scotland to meet customer demand in the run-up to Christmas.

The US internet giant said some of the temporary staff would later be able to take up permanent jobs.

Amazon said it was creating packing roles in its Dunfermline and Gourock "fulfilment centres" and its Edinburgh customer service centre.

The firm announced 15,000 seasonal jobs across the UK.

There will be more than 1,500 temporary jobs for its site in Dunfermline, 1,000 for Gourock and 200 for Edinburgh.

Catherine McDermott, director of operations at Amazon.co.uk. said: "On our busiest shopping day last Christmas, customers ordered a total of 3.5 million items during one 24-hour period at a rate of 44 items a second.

"During the Christmas season, seasonal associates play a critical role in making sure we meet increased demand from customers.

"As we continue to expand our UK operations, we expect many hundreds of these temporary associates to move into permanent positions as has been the case in previous years."

Dunfermline is Amazon's biggest site at 14 football pitches in size.

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