The tech giant announced Tuesday that it's doubling its technology workforce in Boston with an estimated 2,000 new hires and expanding into 430,000 square feet in WS Development's Seaport project, a massive development on the Boston waterfront. The workers in Boston primarily handle Alexa, Amazon Web Services and Audible.
Amazon shares ended the US Monday trading session in the red as Jeff Bezos' firm announced plans to expand its Vancouver tech hub. Governor Charlie Baker said the deal highlights the state's vibrant innovation ecosystem, while Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh called it "a tremendous vote of confidence in our economy". The new positions will be focused on e-commerce technology, cloud computing, and machine learning.
"Amazon is excited to create 2,000 more jobs in greater Boston", said Rohit Prasad, Amazon vice president and head scientist of Amazon Alexa, in a press release.
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The Boston area remains on the shortlist for Amazon's second headquarters, with $5 billion in infrastructure investments and 50,000 high-paying jobs expected for that location when it is chosen later this year, CBS4 reported.
Along with an office in the Back Bay, a robotics facility in North Reading and a massive distribution center in Fall River, the company has added 3,500 jobs in MA since 2011, with these 2,000 more to come. However, this latest expansion is focused on its Vancouver tech hub and is created to foster more innovation and technical creativity. Amazon already has a total of 6000 Canadian employees. To date, more than 16,000 Amazonians have utilized the job-retraining programs globally. The new Amazon employees will be accommodated in a tower the company is building on the site of the city's old post office and they say that structure's architectural heritage will be preserved. However, the loss of skilled foreign workers at tech companies in the USA just adds to Canada's growing importance as a go-to country for technology and innovation. Hiring an additional 2,000 people will certainly help.
Amazon already has more than 3,000 workers in MA. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. Over the past five years, the company has invested more than $100 billion in the USA, including corporate offices, development and research centers, fulfillment infrastructure, and compensation to its employees. Amazon has produced a list of requirements for the host city.