It contributed 292 million to the state coffers and is committed to reaching 25,000 permanent employees before the end of 2025
MADRID, 13 May. (EUROPA PRESS) -
Amazon recorded total gross revenue from its activities in Spain of 6,000 million euros in 2021, which is 11% more than the 5,400 million euros recorded last year, as reported by the e-commerce giant.
Specifically, the 'marketplace' contributed more than 292 million euros to the state coffers last year, 11.8% more. Thus, it paid more than 224 million euros in direct taxes, which include payroll and social security taxes, as well as corporate taxes and taxes paid for the acquisition, construction of land, services digital and import duties.
In addition, the multinational also collected 68 million euros more in indirect taxes last year as a result of its activity in Spain, which includes VAT and taxes paid by its employees retained by the company.
The vice president and general director of Amazon.it and Amazon.es, Mariangela Marseglia, has underlined after these data that the multinational is a "relevant engine" for the Spanish economy. "Since we launched Amazon.es in 2011, we have invested more than 10.5 billion euros in the country and we currently employ 18,000 people," she recalled.
"We have committed ourselves to reaching 25,000 permanent employees and training 50,000 SMEs and entrepreneurs to sell online in Spain before the end of 2025," Marseglia has advanced about the company's commitment to increase its workforce in Spain.
Amazon increased its investments in Spain by 48% in 2021, to 3,700 million euros, reinvesting last year more than half of the income it generated.
The company indicated that in addition to these openings, it is working to boost its software development centers --Tech Hubs-- in Madrid and Barcelona, which have nearly 600 software developers, computer engineers and data scientists, while earlier this year it announced the arrival of Lab126 at the Madrid technology center, where it will hire 100 people to work on the next generation of devices.
Amazon has recalled that it also invests in tools and support for companies that use its technology and services. Thus, in 2021, they had more than 12,000 Spanish SMEs that sold their products in their 'marketplace'.
In this way, nearly half of these SMEs exported their products all over the world, reaching more than 650 million euros in international sales. Additionally, those vendors created more than 30,000 jobs.
Spanish SMEs sold more than 60 million products in Amazon stores in 2021, which represents an increase of 70% compared to 2020 records. In addition, the company has committed to training 50,000 companies before 2025 with the skills needed to sell globally.
For its part, Amazon Web Services (AWS) is also helping Spanish companies to grow and to support digital transformation in Spain, it will open a new infrastructure region in Spain that will allow Spanish customers, including SMEs, startups, large companies or government agencies, run workloads and store data in Spain and serve their end users with even lower latency.
Located in Aragon, the new AWS Europe (Spain) region represents an additional investment of €2.5 billion and the estimated creation of 1,300 new full-time jobs over the next 10 years.
On the other hand, Amazon, the first signatory to The Climate Pledge, has pledged to have a net-zero carbon footprint across its global business by 2040, a decade ahead of the Paris Agreement goal.
In terms of investments in sustainability, the company has become the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy in Spain, with 14 renewable projects in the country -solar and wind- that will have a combined capacity of more than 1.4 gigawatts (GW) .
In addition, in 2022 they will stop using plastic bags for products sent through the logistics network itself in Spain and, in 2020, the sale on Amazon.es of certain single-use plastic products, such as cotton swabs and straws, was prohibited. , cutlery, plates or drink stirrers, as well as those made with oxodegradable plastic.