AS the number of digital shoppers continues to climb, the world's biggest online retailer will be doubling the number of jobs at its depot north of Carlisle.

The online shopping giant Amazon, located on Woodlands Industrial Storage Estate in Longtown, will be adding around 20 positions to join the delivery station team ahead of its seasonal hiring, a spokesperson from the organisation confirmed. 

When the depot first opened, the retailer said they would create 20 permanent Amazon roles at the delivery station plus  jobs for more than 100 drivers. 

Packages destined for Amazon customers over the Christmas period will be shipped to the Longtown delivery station and distributed to the array of drivers on hand. 

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Independent delivery companies are in charge of bringing in the drivers, as part of the depot's service partners who deliver parcels on behalf of the retailer - however, it is not known how many drivers will be brought onboard to meet the seasonal demand.

Online shopping is on the rise throughout Cumbria; a theory that was reinforced after plans were unanimously approved to build a parcel distribution centre for DPD, at Kingmoor Industrial Park, by Carlisle City Council.

Before signing off on the DPD planning application, councillors were told it would benefit the area with the creation of more jobs - which was welcomed by the council.

At the time of Carlisle City Council’s development panel meeting, Cllr Chris Wills who represents Currock and Upperby said: “Chairman, I’d like to echo your point about the jobs generation, that is a real positive for the city.”

And with more orders, comes more delivery drivers. 

Popping up continously throughout Carlisle are roles for delivery drivers - one of which is Parcel Force.

The delivery distributor are also offering roles in Carlisle with a pay rate of £12.98 per hour - with the expectation of delivering 45 to 70 parcels a day. 

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