Amazon adds 6,000 posts to growing European workforce

European staff now account for a quarter of Amazon's employees.

Amazon took on some 6,000 full-time employees in Europe last year to bring the company's total EU workforce up to 32,000, the company said in a statement on Tuesday.

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Although not the largest of Amazon's markets, Europe represents a quarter of the company, with the number of employees in the region now totalling 132,600.

In its statement, Amazon said the new jobs that had been created were in customer services and logistics as well as supply chain management, software development, and design.

Of the jobs created, some 1,200 were in Germany which is now its second-biggest market after the US. The UK is Amazon's next largest site in Europe, but the company did not release details of the numbers of jobs there.

Amazon hired new employees at more than 50 locations across the EU in 2014, including corporate offices, fulfillment centers, software development centers, and customer service centers.

"We are still in a phase of investment and look forward to being able to fill more positions in 2015," said Xavier Garambois, Amazon vice president for EU retail.

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