Amazon to speculate $280m in Africa headquarters

Closing week, the US retail wide Amazon announced that it’d be opening its first African convey of enterprise in South Africa with a accurate estate funding of over 4 billion rand ($280 million). The headquarters would reside on 70,000 square metres (17.3 Acres) of land on the outskirts of the metropolis centre.

The constructing challenge is anticipated to roll out in phases, with construction dwelling to happen over a length of three to 5 years. The challenge is anticipated to develop as much as 19,000 indirect and brought about jobs.

Amazon’s history in South Africa dates succor to 2004, with a customer support unit operating since 2010. 

Over the final decade, Amazon has moreover boosted its customer support potential centre in South Africa. In 2020, Amazon announced that it can perchance hire an additional 3,000 people in South Africa – virtually doubling its local workers to 7,000 – to give 24-hour make stronger to customers in North The USA and Europe.

Amazon has moreover increased its local listings over the years. In 2019, Amazon Web Services and products (AWS) in South Africa had upright 50 jobs listed. In 2021, this has increased to around 118 alternatives in the get service division and an additional 38 jobs in customer support,  company pattern, human sources and kindle whine material.

Amazon’s South African Career Portal

At the time of this newsletter, Amazon’s South African profession portal listed 156 jobs, most of that are elephantine-time and essentially essentially based entirely in Cape Town.

About 80% of the job alternatives are in AWS operations with the closing spread over customer support, the Kindle program, human sources, enterprise pattern and college students program.

The AWS operations positions require a Bachelor’s Degree in both information science or information technology, engineering science, computer science or any related discipline or identical skills in a technical set up apart as a minimum. 

Amazon’s customer support roles are entry-level positions that require candidates to contain a matric certificate (NQF Degree 4), minimum service industry skills, legit cyber web connection at dwelling and solid communication talents. Impartial about all these jobs are regularly known as Virtual Customer Provider (VCS) positions, which allow candidates wherever in South Africa to employ.

Amazon moreover provides several internship programmes for faculty students or recent graduates of computer science, computer engineering, or related fields.

With 200 million paid prime participants and over 300 million customers globally, Amazon serves 200+ worldwide locations and territories but its eCommerce companies and products are no longer accessible in Africa. May maybe well perchance perchance the announcement of its African headquarters and its increasing job itemizing be a splash that Amazon shall be revisiting its eCommerce play in Africa?

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