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Amazon creates 2,000 UK jobs following Kindle Fire HD reveal

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Amazon has announced plans for a mass recruitment in Britain following the unveiling of its Kindle Fire HD.

The online retailer is setting up three new 'fulfilment centres' in Britain in a move that will create 2,000 jobs.

Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of Amazon, holds the new at the introduction of the new Amazon Kindle Fire HD in Santa Monica, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012.

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Customer orders are processed and packaged at Amazon's fulfilment centres, and with its business on the rise, the internet giant is targeting expansion in the territory over the next 24 months.

"We have created thousands of jobs in the UK over the last few years and are delighted to announce that we plan to create thousands more in the next 24 months," said Amazon UK managing director Christopher North.

"Our recruitment team has been exceptionally busy recently hiring hundreds of employees at the Hemel Hempstead fulfilment centre and they will certainly be busy over the next couple of years as we continue to expand to provide customers with the best possible experience."

Prime Minister David Cameron spoke out in support of the move, pointing out that Amazon's increased presence in the UK will boost its economy.

"I am delighted that Amazon will create thousands of new jobs," he said. "This is great news, not only for those individuals who will find work, but for the UK economy.

"This shows that the UK has the infrastructure and talent to continue to attract major investments from leading companies such as Amazon."

Amazon unveiled the Kindle Fire HD at a press conference in Santa Monica yesterday (September 6), confirming that 7-inch and 8.9-inch models will be released in Britain.

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