Currys creates 1,100 jobs for festive season

Currys has announced it will create around 1,100 roles in preparation for this year’s peak season.

Around 720 temporary roles will be available in 285 stores across the UK, with the retailer also hiring roughly 350 people for permanent roles and around 120 drivers.

Currys said most of the part-time temporary roles will be for sales and support staff where applicants will interact with customers on the shop floor. It said successful applicants will start on an hourly rate of £10.50, or £11.50 in London.

Permanent employees will start on the same hourly rate and Currys said that average hourly pay will rise to £11.39 per hour once the colleague bonus is taken into account.

The retailer added that those who pass a six-month onboarding and skills development programme will see their minimum hourly rate increase to £10.80p per hour, or £11.80 in London.

“We’re delighted to be making over a thousand vacancies available ahead of this year’s peak trading period,” said Paula Coughlan, director of people, communications and sustainability at Currys plc. “Our customers know that shopping with Currys means getting access to the best support and advice when buying new tech. That’s why we’re opening up well over 900 extra roles across our stores, effective immediately.”

Earlier this year, John Lewis said it would be recruiting for over 10,000 roles across the country as it prepares for Christmas. Waitrose will recruit around 2,800 seasonal roles across its 329 shops and a further 2,900 temporary roles have been created in sales and merchandising at John Lewis.

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