Amazon to create 1 million new jobs in India by 2025: Jeff Bezos
New Delhi: Just two days after unveiling its plan to invest an additional $1 billion (about Rs 7,000 crore) in India to help bring small businesses online, Amazon on Friday (January 17) said it would create 1 million new jobs in India by 2025 through continued investments in technology, infrastructure, and its logistics network.
The US-based ecommerce company said the jobs – created both directly and indirectly – will be across industries, including information technology, skill development, content creation, retail, logistics, and manufacturing, and are in addition to the 700,000 jobs Amazon’s investments have enabled over the last six years in India.
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said: “We are investing to create a million new jobs here in India over the next five years. We’ve seen huge contributions from our employees, extraordinary creativity from the small businesses we’ve partnered with, and great enthusiasm from the customers who shop with us—and we’re excited about what lies ahead.”
The India has prioritised job creation and skilling initiatives — including the training of more than 400 million people by 2022 — in rural and urban areas.
“Amazon’s job creation commitment and investment in traders and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) complement these social inclusion and social mobility efforts by creating more opportunities for people in India to find employment, build skills, and expand entrepreneurship opportunities,” the etailer said in a release.
The new investments will help hiring talent to fill roles across Amazon in India, including software development engineering, cloud computing, content creation, and customer support, it said.
Bezos, who is currently visiting India, has earned the wrath of small business owners who allege the online retail marketplace and Walmart’s Flipkart have flouted the country’s foreign investment norms by providing deep discounting on their platforms. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has ordered an investigation against Amazon and Flipkart for alleged malpractices. The online retail titans, however, deny the allegations.
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