Britain's exit from the European Union means the unrestricted free flow of goods, services, materials and labor will likely cease, warn financial analysts. This brave new world will at the very least complicate the expansion plans of one tech behemoth with global ambitions: Amazon.
The Seattle-based company earlier this year announced plans to substantially increase its UK operations in 2016 — opening two new UK fulfillment centers and adding 2,500 new permanent jobs. That expansion will increase the total number of UK facilities to twelve and bring the company's total workforce to 14,500 by the end of the year.
While it's unclear specifically how this will impact those plans, there's a good chance that hiring could become more difficult, as Amazon relies on low wage, often immigrant workers to staff its fulfillment centers — those jobs start at £7.35 ($10.07 USD) an hour — who may suddenly find it harder to work in the UK.
The company is actively hiring workers for a range of positions — from operations managers to associates handling orders at the new fulfillment centers.