Online retailer Amazon plans to create 1,000 new jobs in the UK, in addition to 2,500 new jobs announced earlier this year.

The creation of new jobs, which will be spread primarily across Cambridge, London, Manchester, Leicestershire and Edinburgh, is not affected by Brexit.

Amazon UK head Doug Gurr was quoted by BBC as saying: "Our sales are in line with expectations. It’s business as usual as far as we are concerned."

"We’re keeping our heads down and continuing to do what we do."

"We don’t know what the impact will be. As far as we’re concerned right now, we’re keeping our heads down and continuing to do what we do. We’ll deal with whatever situation arises."

With the creation of 1,000 new jobs, the total number of employees in the UK will reach more than 15,500 by the end of this year.

Gurr added: "We are creating thousands of new jobs to continue to deliver the experience our customers know and love during the festive season and beyond.

"We are hiring for all types of roles from software engineers, computer programmers and corporate managers in our R&D centres and head office, to operations managers, engineers, service technicians, HR roles and order fulfilment roles in our fulfilment centres."