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Amazon is hiring a staff of about 1,000 in the UK. The staff will not be on its list of seasonal workers, but on the company’s permanent payroll. The retail giant is Britain’s biggest online retailer, and employs roughly 6,000 people in its warehouses. According to a report by Sean Farrell at The Guardian, Amazon permanent employees get £7.39 an hour on an average, and can earn about £8.90 an hour after two years.

Thomas Szkutak, senior vice president and chief financial officer at online retail behemoth Amazon, will retire from the company in June 2015. Mr. Szkutak has been Amazon’s CFO since joining the company in October 2002. Brian Olsavsky, vice president of Finance for the company’s global consumer business, will succeed Mr. Szkutak as CFO.

Amazon says the holiday shopping weekend was the best ever for Kindle, with customers purchasing more Kindle Fire tablets and Kindle e-readers than ever before. Kindle Fire HDX 7” and Kindle Fire HD were the best-selling items on Amazon during the weekend as well. The company did not share the number of devices sold.