Amazon’s expansion in Spain to create 1,000 jobs over next three years

19 November 2015 (Last Updated November 19th, 2015 18:30)

Online retailer Amazon is planning to expand its presence in Spain in the next three years, which will result in the creation of 1,000 jobs in the region.

Online retailer Amazon is planning to expand its presence in Spain in the next three years, which will result in the creation of 1,000 jobs in the region.

The retailer plans to open a new distribution center in Barcelona and also expand its existing logistics facility outside Madrid from 32,000sqm to 75,000sqm. Since its inception, the company had employed 400 people.

Amazon plans to begin the recruitment process for the new positions in early 2016, with average monthly salaries starting at €1,422, Euro Weekly News reports.

The company plans to offer more than 7% hike to be given after six months, when employees qualify for a fixed bonus. This move would raise salaries up €1,599 gross, which is 111% higher than the minimum, El Pais reports.

The new expansion plan will entail advanced technology installations for store, pick, package in order to deliver millions of products to Spanish customers.

Amazon España operations director Fred Pattje was quoted by El Pais as saying: "We are very satisfied that we can continue investing and creating jobs in Spain so that Amazon customers can receive their order much quicker and enjoy an unimaginable experience when it comes to shopping."

Amazon's logistical center in San Fernando de Henares, outside of Madrid, was set up with just 40 employees in 2012. The facility now offers more than 86 million products such as books, clothes, electronics, household supplies, food and drugstore products, as well as other merchandise sold to small enterprises. This October saw the center launch supermarket delivery service, reports El Pais.

The online retailer has offered €30m to the Catalan Land Institute (Incasòl) for an area of land that will be put up for auction. It intends to build another logistics center in the area in El Prat de Llobregat, outside Barcelona, according to sources.