Asos to create 1,500 jobs at London headquarters

Online fashion retailer Asos has unveiled plans to hire 1,500 staff at its London headquarters.

The company, which employs 2,500 people at the site in Camden, said it will invest £40m in expanding the site by 40,000ft2.

Asos is also expected to spend another £38m on additional specialists in technology, marketing, editorial content and retail as it aims to double sales over the next five years.

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Chief executive Nick Beighton also told Bloomberg that Asos was considering opening more manufacturing plants in Britain over the next three to four years to take advantage of a weaker pound, which has made domestic production more affordable.

But Beighton said the expansion plans and recruitment drive had “nothing to do with Brexit” and had “been planned well before 23 June”.

Asos’ jobs boost follows criticism over the conditions at its warehouse in Barnsley, south Yorkshire.

Earlier this month, GMB, the union for ASOS workers, launched a ‘catwalk of shame’ outside Asos’ headquarters, calling on the retailer to respect Asos workers.

Today, Neil Derrick, GMB Yorkshire regional secretary said he welcomed the announcement of 1,500 new jobs at Asos, but slammed the retailer for ignoring employees in Yorkshire.

There seems to be a huge disparity between how ASOS staff in London and workers in Yorkshire are treated,” he said.

“Conditions in Barnsley are frankly shocking and have caused the GMB grave concern over the past two years.”

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