Debenhams announced that it is on the lookout for 9,000 seasonal temps to cope with its busiest time of year; Christmas.
Although the number of positions has increased, the number of hours remains the same. The retailer has altered its recruitment strategy by searching for more part-time roles. This emphasis on flexible shift patterns will ensure additional staff are in store whenever customers need them.
The jobs will be split across Debenhams’ 160 outlets and average out at 56 per store. The jobs are based in menswear, womenswear, accessories, childrenswear, home, gift or cosmetics departments.
Roles available are varied and include everything from stock handling and general sales advisor jobs to gift advisor roles which require special training.
While previous retail experience isn’t essential, excellent customer service and team working skills are.
Michael Sharp, Deputy Chief Executive at Debenhams said: “These jobs are sure to be welcomed by local economies during the most financially challenging part of the year.
“Our recruitment drive is so huge that for the first time we have trained a manager in all 160 stores to oversee staffing for Christmas.
“We are recruiting directly through our website and looking for energetic people with a talent for customer service.”
Minister for Employment, Chris Grayling said: “These new vacancies are a great boost for jobseekers, and flexible working patterns mean they can be family friendly too.
“We are committed to injecting new life into the private sector and this is another example of how employment in this sector is growing.”
Contracts will be for flexible working hours with the majority of positions running from November through to January, when the majority of customers will be carrying out their Christmas shop or indulging in the January sales.
More information and application forms can be found on www.debenhams-jobs.com or by contacting the local store.