Amazon has pledged to create 2,000 new permanent jobs in France, its third-largest market in Europe after the UK and Germany.
The online retail giant said the increase will bring Amazon’s total number of permanent French staff to 7,500 in 2018 and reflects the group’s confidence in the economy of a country where it has invested over €2bn (£1.77bn) since 2010.
The announcement follows the recent settlement of Amazon’s long-running dispute with French tax authorities, who had been seeking nearly €200m from the group.
Amazon has been expanding steadily in France where it has run its Amazon Prime Now express delivery service in Paris since 2016. The group already has five logistics centres nationwide and plans to open a 142,000 square foot delivery warehouse later this year.
“The French economic context gives us confidence and encourages us to invest,” said Frederic Duval, head of Amazon France. “We have more customers, so more business, and as we have more business, we hire more. We think this level activity is sustainable, thus we’re hiring people with permanent contracts.”
Duval, who said that the investment was unconnected to the tax dispute settlement, added that he would “love it” if Amazon extended Prime Now to other French cities but did not confirm whether there are plans to do so.
Earlier this week it was reported that Amazon is to cut hundreds of jobs at its US head office in Seattle.