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Amazon organised a recruitment event in Espoo on Tuesday and is scheduled to organise another one in Tampere on Wednesday.
Amazon organised a recruitment event in Espoo on Tuesday and is scheduled to organise another one in Tampere on Wednesday.

Amazon has mounted a recruitment campaign to dip into the talent pool left behind by Microsoft and Nokia in Finland, reports Helsingin Sanomat.

The largest online retailer in the world organised a recruitment event yesterday in Espoo and will organise another one today in Tampere to fill, for example, open product development positions in its digital books teams in Europe.

The daily newspaper points out that most of the roughly one thousand engineers made redundant by Nokia are based in the regions surrounding Helsinki and Tampere. Microsoft, it adds, is expected to lay off an additional one thousand people, including an estimated 600 engineers, in the country by the end of the month.

Shop stewards at both Nokia and Microsoft welcomed news of the recruitment campaign with excitement.

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“This is a brilliant marketing stunt by Amazon, and I wish them the best of luck,” Lasse Laurikainen, the shop steward for managerial staff at Nokia, said in an interview with Helsingin Sanomat.

“On the other hand, this also sends a clear message to Finnish employers that unless you hire these professionals, they will be pulled overseas.”

Amazon also sent invitations to the recruitment events to people laid off by Microsoft, said Kalle Kiili, the chief shop steward at the software giant. He also revealed that he has second-hand information that the online retailer has considered setting up a product development unit in Finland.

“Amazon launching product development operations here in Finland would naturally be desirable for Finland,” he told Helsingin Sanomat.

The Seattle-headquartered online retailer established an office for its cloud computing business, Amazon Web Services (AWS), in Espoo last October.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Roni Rekomaa – Lehtikuva

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