Amazon UK saw revenues rise by more than 26% to £13.73bn last year as increasing numbers of people shopped online.

The firm, which recently said it would be boosting its UK workforce by a third to 40,000 in order to meet growing demand due to lockdown restrictions, also said it paid direct taxes of £293m during 2019, with a total tax contribution of £1.1bn during the period.

It said the UK had become one of its largest global hubs and that its business had provided opportunities for “tens of thousands” of UK-based SMEs, who sell their products through Amazon.

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It said 2020 and the Covid-19 pandemic had demonstrated the importance of Amazon to its customers and that it was able to rely on its scale to “innovate quickly”.

In a statement, Amazon said: “To help serve our customers, we have opened thousands of new full and part-time positions and delivery driver opportunities across our UK logistics and fulfilment centre network since the beginning of the crisis.

“For many who have had to put their business or work on hold due to the outbreak, a role at Amazon has provided a welcome opportunity.”

At the end of 2019 it directly employed more than 30,000 staff in the UK, including at around 20 fulfilment and distribution centres across the country.