Poundland to hire 1,200 people for peak season

Poundland has announced it is hiring 1,200 people to work in its stores in the UK and Ireland over the festive season.

The majority of the roles on offer are temporary, with contracts ending on Christmas Eve. The retailer said that some roles will be extended until early January.

Simon Wells, people director at Poundland said the additional colleagues would help ensure the stores provided high quality service to customers throughout the festive season.

“We can’t wait to welcome our new seasonal colleagues to the Poundland team – we know too from experience that many also find permanent roles with us once the festivities are over,” he added. “What’s more we really appreciate how hard our colleagues work during the year and closing the stores on these additional days over Christmas and New Year is our way of saying thank you to them – not least because this quarter has been especially busy with new store openings.”

Several other retailers in the UK have recently announced they are recruiting extra staff to cope with peak season demand, including Morrisons, which said earlier this month that it will hire over 3,500 people to work its stores, warehouses and as delivery drivers.

Tesco and Sainsburys also announced they are recruiting people to help with the increased demand over the festive season.

In September, Currys said that 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.

Poundland recently announced that it would open new stores at former Wilko sites and take on their employees after the company went into administration, with the retailer so far opening 37 new stores.

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