US online retailer now eyeing South African recruits

Amazon, a US online retailer and Web service provider, is planning an expansion is its Cape Town, South Africa, office following record high demand for its services in Africa.

The online merchant is looking to hire 50 developers and support staff to work in its cloud computing and software development section in Cape Town.

Amazon says it chose the South African office for expansion given the experienced labour force it found in the country.

“Infact, Amazon is considering hiring more South Africans to its Seattle head office,” said James Greenfield, Amazon leader at the development centre in Cape Town.

Greenfield says the online retailer has a high hiring bar hence seeks to meets its staffing needs by looking further afield. The company hence seeks to drive similar expansions in its entire territories — across the globe — and looks at SA as a potential source of its future staff.

Amazons operations in Cape Town have been successful, Greenfield says, reflecting on the online retailer’s Elastic Compute Cloud service that was built in the city — houses a contact centre and boasts of hundreds of employees.

At present, 10 percent of Amazon’s current development team in Cape Town comprises foreign nationals. Although the company seeks local South African staff, international applicants are encouraged to apply, says Amazon.

Amazon Web Service, has been providing different companies on the web, with cloud-based tools to host their data or application. Its services include, cloud computing, storage services, database management and networking.

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