Amazon creates 600 technology jobs in Manchester

Online retailer to expand R&D operations in the city as well as in Edinburgh and Cambridge

Amazon has said the UK will be “taking a leading role in global innovation” as it announced plans to hire 1,000 more technology, research and other skilled workers by next year.

The US online retailer is to open its first office in Manchester, with room for 600 new jobs in the Hanover Building in the city’s Northern Quarter – once the headquarters of the Co-operative Group.

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Rockstar Games defends itself over working conditions claims

After report of 100-hour weeks, studio’s co-head Rob Nelson says: ‘We will not stop working to improve in this area’

Rockstar North’s co-studio head Rob Nelson has defended the video games studio’s working conditions in the wake of a controversy sparked by a New York Magazine profile, in which founder Dan Houser said “we were working 100-hour weeks” on forthcoming game Red Dead Redemption 2.

Houser later clarified his comments in a statement to games website Kotaku, saying that it applied only to himself and three other members of the senior writing team over a period of “weeks, not years” – not to all of the developer’s staff. “Across the whole company, we have some senior people who work very hard purely because they’re passionate about a project, or their particular work, and we believe that passion shows in the games we release,” read the statement. “But that additional effort is a choice, and we don’t ask or expect anyone to work anything like this […] No one, senior or junior, is ever forced to work hard.”

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