Debenhams gets hiring for Christmas season

Department store retailer Debenhams plans to hire 6,500 seasonal temps to cope with the busy Christmas period this year, it has revealed.

The company claims its emphasis is on flexible shift patterns that will ensure additional staff are in store whenever customers need them.

Successful candidates will work with the department store from mid November until the beginning of January, to cover the ‘Pre-Christmas Spectacular’ through to the beginning of the January sale.

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“Approximately a quarter of staff that work with us over the festive season will stay on in permanent roles, making this a crucial period in our employment calendar,” said Michael Sharp, CEO of Debenhams.

The new role will be split across Debenhams’ 163 stores and average out at 40 per store. As well as lingerie and nightwear, there are roles in the clothing, accessories and cosmetics departments.

To improve efficiency and productivity, Debenhams is also hoping to re-recruit temporary staff who worked for the retailer last year in around 30 percent of stores.

Roles include everything from stock handling and general sales advisor jobs to gift advisor roles, which require special training.



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