While Amazon has yet to reveal where in North America its second headquarters are, the Seattle headquartered ecommerce behemoth has got Canadians excited by announcing it’s opening a second corporate office in Vancouver — and planning to double its employees headcount within the city, adding 1,000 extra jobs by 2020.
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Reuters suggests the move is in response to the us tightening immigration conditions — noting that Canada launched a fast-track visa program for extremely skilled staff in June.
The Vancouver Sun reports that the 1,000 new jobs are a mix of tech and non-tech jobs, together with software development, human resources and marketing roles.
Amazon’s 1st office in Vancouver opened in 2015, and currently employs more than 1,000 mostly software engineers, according to the paper.
At a launch event Fri, Jesse Dougherty, Amazon’s Vancouver site lead, was asked regarding HQ2 but said he had “no information” about it. (But, given the corporate office announcement, it’s presumably one city that may be pretty safely chalked off the HQ2 list.)
Hundreds of cities have submitted proposals to be considered as a location for Amazon HQ2. Unsurprisingly given the corporate has said it expects to invest over $5BN in construction and grow HQ2 to “as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs”, though it’s not clear over what time period those jobs are created.
Amazon says it’s more than 380,000 staff worldwide at this point.