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Online retail giant Amazon is creating an extra 2,500 jobs in the UK this year as it expands its European operations.

The new jobs will take the retailer's total UK workforce to 14,000.

Amazon said it has invested nearly £5 billion in the UK since 2010, and £11.5bn across Europe. It is also adding thousands of jobs across Europe, adding to the 10,000 it created last year.

Xavier Garambois, Vice President of Amazon EU Retail, said: “We are seeing stronger demand than ever from our customers all across Europe, and we see lots more opportunity across Amazon’s businesses to invent and invest for the future.

"We created over 10,000 new jobs in 2015 and plan to create several thousand more in 2016 at all education, experience and skill levels, from speech and linguistic scientists to digital media experts to fulfilment centre and customer service associates."

Roy Perticucci, Vice President, Amazon EU Operations, said: “We are proud to offer great jobs for people who already have the skills we’re looking for and to help develop people who want to add new skills through our innovative programs like Career Choice.

“We’re planning to add thousands of new jobs in all areas across our European Fulfilment Network in 2016 as we ramp up to meet increased demand from customers and invent in new areas."