Superdrug to hire 1,000 staff for Christmas season

Superdrug has announced it will hire 1,000 people to work in its stores ahead of the increased demand over the festive season.

The health and beauty retailer said that while the positions will be temporary, it always aims to move talented employees into permanent roles when possible.

In March, Superdrug said it would open 25 new stores across the UK creating 570 jobs.

Last year, sales at Superdrug jumped by 16 per cent over the festive season compared to the same period of 2021.The company said it had seen increased footfall throughout December, with average weekly transactions 19 per cent higher than in the previous December.

“Christmas is always an exciting and busy time for Superdrug and these new colleague roles will help us to deliver a bigger and better Christmas in 2023 for our customers,” said Peter Macnab, chief executive at Superdrug. “We have been encouraged by strong trading so far this year and know too that we have great deals coming for Black Friday and a best-in-class offering for Christmas.

“This enables us to confidently create jobs and ensures that we deliver on the excellent service expected when a customer chooses to shop at Superdrug, all year round.”

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

Earlier this week, Aldi announced that it will hire 3,000 people to cover a variety of roles over the peak season.

Last month, 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.

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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