M&S is recruiting 10,000 temporary workers for the Christmas period
- The retailer said the temporary workers will be hired starting November 19
- As part of the festive hiring spree, M&S will take on 40% more temporary staff than last year
Marks & Spencer plans to hire 10,000 temporary workers for the Christmas period, with the retailer bracing for record demand this year.
The retailer said the recruitment, which will see 40 per cent more workers employed than last year, reflects the investment the company is making in staff hours to support customers in the workshop.
M&S raised profit expectations in August after securing like-for-like grocery sales growth of 11 per cent in the first 19 weeks of 2023.
The retailer will hire the temporary workers from November 19 as it expects the Christmas trading period to result in a “significant improvement on previous expectations”.
The retailer said the increase reflected the additional investment it was making in staff hours to support customers in store, with temporary staff starting on November 19
Sacha Berendji, operations manager at M&S, said: “This year we are recruiting even more colleagues to ensure there is always someone on hand to provide support and recommendations.”
“The Christmas period is a busy but exciting time for M&S and no two days are the same – in fact, many colleagues started their M&S careers at Christmas and have since progressed throughout the company.
M&S’s success this year marks progress in its plans to “transform” the business as part of its ongoing turnaround strategy.
Last month the company rejoined the FTSE 100 after a four-year break. Its shares have risen 80 per cent since the start of the year to 221.9p, thanks to a rise in full-year profits – and expectations that 2024 could also be bountiful.
M&S hopes to drive online growth through sales of third-party brands, which will soon be joined by Columbia, Regatta and Sorel.
But M&S isn’t the only one preparing for record store sales this Christmas
Last week, Sainsbury’s said it was hiring 22,000 temporary workers for the period, an increase of 22 per cent on last year, as the company increased its workforce earlier than usual in the season.
Tesco said it would accept 30,000, the same as last year.
Mark & Spencer shares rose 0.84 percent to 217.20 pence in midday trading on Monday.
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