Amazon creates 3,000 new virtual jobs in South Africa

Amazon to open new Africa headquarters in Cape Town

E-Commerce giant Amazon, has announced the creation of 3,000 new virtual jobs in Customer Service in South Africa.

These roles will range from customer service associates to technical experts who will work virtually and provide 24/7 support to Amazon customers in North America and Europe.

The addition of the permanent and seasonal full-time positions will bring the total permanent workforce in South Africa to 7,000.

“We are thrilled with the talent in South Africa and we are excited to add 3,000 skilled jobs this year in Customer Service, and to help keep people working during this unprecedented time,” said Andrew Raichlin, Director of Amazon Customer Service in South Africa. “The new jobs reflect our continued commitment to South Africa’s economic development, and I am proud to have South Africa be a growing part of our ability to deliver a great experience to Amazon customers around the world and provide employees with the opportunity to work safely from home.”

The technical positions will support customer inquiries on devices, digital and Alexa. These roles will require candidates to translate technical information and provide instructions to help Amazon customers trouble shoot issues. Since these will be virtual roles, applicants will also need a private, quiet workspace and an existing and dedicated internet connection, according to Amazon specifications.

“We welcome the decision by Amazon to locate more of its global services in South Africa. The business process services sector has grown fast, drawing on the skills and talent of young South Africans and a stable infrastructure. The sector has been able to provide world-class support to clients, both locally and internationally,” said Ebrahim Patel, the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition. “The economy will increasingly shift to more productive services and digital technologies, which can provide significant opportunities for young people. The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating the digital transition of work, and this decision by Amazon to locate these jobs in South Africa shows our ability to offer a good value-proposition. Government has focused part of our incentive programme on the industry, and with our talent, strong ICT infrastructure and digital capabilities, we aim to secure thousands more jobs like these in years to come.”

Amazon has a long history in South Africa. Amazon Web Services (AWS) first established a presence in Cape Town, setting up a Development Center in 2004, building pioneering technologies focused on networking, next-generation software for customer support, software programs utilized by the AWS business. The company was involved in a number of other initiatives over the years.  

In April 2020, AWS launched its first AWS Region in Africa comprised of three Availability Zones in South Africa. The AWS Region will enable businesses of all sizes and government organizations, to standing-up remote working platforms, build cloud applications and store their data locally, while reaching end users across Africa with even lower latency.

Candidates interested in applying must have completed Matric/Grade 12/NQF Level 4 qualification or higher, excellent command of English and be a South African Citizen. Positions can be viewed here.