Universum, a global thought leader in employer branding, has recognised Amazon as the World’s Most Attractive Employer in e-commerce 2019. The awards take into account the views of over 245,000 business and engineering/IT students in the world’s 12 largest economies (Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, South Korea, the UK and the US). To be considered, companies must be ranked among the most attractive employers in at least half of the chosen economies, and results are then weighted by a host of other factors.

The result indicates a trend that has seen top-performing graduates embrace the e-commerce and technology industries. Amazon’s approach to diversity and inclusion, our internal culture, availability of flexible working and positive work-life balance were all taken into account in the decision to award it this accolade?

Matt from Universum and Amazon employees collecting award

We are committed to creating opportunities for young people from all backgrounds to enter exciting and rewarding careers in the technology and innovation industries.

For example, this year we launched Amazon Future Engineer in the UK to inspire, enable and educate up to a million young people in computer science and coding. The childhood-to-career programme includes opportunities in primary schools, secondary schools, further education and higher education.

We also launched Amazon Amplify, a series of initiatives designed to promote gender parity and inclusivity in the technology industry, including a roadmap for companies across the UK to improve gender diversity. Amazon Amplify includes the Amazon Women in Innovation Bursary, providing funding for female students to fulfil their ambitions in innovation and technology, as well as a new degree apprenticeship programme that will enable people of all ages and backgrounds to train as engineers and business leaders.We also launched a new UK-wide interactive training programme designed to help employees with confidence building and self-awareness in order to promote the leadership skills necessary in our digital-first economy.

In addition, Amazon Web Services provides AWS re/Start, a training and job placement programme that educates young learners and those with little or no technology experience on software development and cloud computing.

Receiving the award at a ceremony in London, Matt Sharp from our Europe-wide talent acquisition team, said: “We’re delighted to be recognised by so many students as a global leader in the ecommerce industry. We want to attract, recruit and retain the world’s best talent, regardless of their background or start in life. We can achieve that by creating a diverse, inclusive, fun and customer-centric working environment where everybody can be their authentic self. Our message is that if you love to build, invent and innovate, then you will love working with Amazon.”

So far this year Amazon has been named the UK’s most popular employer by both LinkedIn and Glassdoor, and we were recognised as Female Tech Employer of the Year by Women in Tech.

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