Amazon UK said on Monday , January 29 that, it would open a new fulfilment centre in Rugby, central England.

This it said will increase its 2,500 strong workforce in the Midlands by another 400 people.

Rugby will be the fourth Amazon fulfilment centre in the region.

The company said its plans for the new self-styled fulfilment centre in Rugby would open up positions for HR and IT specialists, as well as engineers.

Amazon’s announcement came as a report by the Centre for Cities warned that, the North and the Midlands were most at risk of losing jobs to automation and globalisation.

The think tank calculated that one in five jobs in British cities was likely to be displaced by 2030 as technology evolved.

Amazon, said the work on offer in Rugby was attractive.

Its director of UK customer fulfilment, Stefano Perego, said they are delighted to expand their operations in the Midlands where they already have a dedicated workforce of more than 2,500 people.

“We are thrilled to begin recruitment for 400 new permanent roles in Rugby with competitive wages and comprehensive benefits starting on day one,” he said.