Argos to hire 10,000 staff over Christmas - including at its Bolton shops
DOZENS of jobs could be created in Bolton.
Shopping giant Argos is set to recruit about 10,000 seasonal workers nationally as the firm gears up for Christmas.
There are currently 30,000 employees across the UK and Argos has three stores in Bolton — Bolton Shopping Park in Trinity Street, Bridge Street in Bolton town centre and one at Middlebrook.
While initial contracts will be for about three months, the firm says there is potential for some jobs to become permanent at the end of the season if vacancies are available across the company’s 745 stores.
Argos managing director, John Walden, said: “As we approach our busiest shopping period of the year we need the extra support in our stores from enthusiastic colleagues to ensure that we continue to deliver brilliant customer service to the millions who shop with us at this time of year.
“We are looking for people who are customer focused, passionate and enthusiastic to join our teams.”
There are expected to be 275 workers recruited for the Christmas period in Greater Manchester.
Home Retail Group revealed, in the summer, that its two retail chains, Argos and Homebase, were both growing for the first time in more than five years.
The company said that like-for-like sales rose 1.9 per cent for Argos in the 13 weeks to June 1.
Argos had been under pressure from online rivals but began a fightback with a revamp of stores, including replacing the laminated catalogues with touch-screen computers, introducing fast track queues to collect online orders and offering more exclusive brands.
Mr Walden said Argos had been “a traditional part of the UK Christmas” for 40 years.
New team members will receive in-house training, competitive rates of pay and immediate benefits of 10 per cent staff discount at Argos and 20 per cent discount at sister company Homebase, the company revealed.
Recruitment advertisements are out now and application forms are available in Argos stores and on argoscareers.
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