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Argos seeking 400 temporary staff in NI to cope with pre-Christmas surge

By John Mulgrew

Argos is creating more than 400 jobs in Northern Ireland during the run-up to the busy Christmas period. The retailer is adding 408 staff on temporary contracts to its workforce. Argos has more than a dozen shops here.

Argos is taking on 10,000 temporary workers to cope with the annual surge in business over the festive season across the UK.

Around 9,800 customer advisers and stock assistants will be hired at 800 Argos stores to meet customer demand for toys, electrical goods, video games, jewellery and other popular Christmas gifts.

The company is also seeking around 1,000 drivers for its door delivery service.

Recruits will be offered a minimum of 10 hours a week, with the potential for some roles to become permanent at the end of the season.

Steve Carson, director of retail and customer operations at Argos, said: "Christmas is an extremely busy and exciting time of year for Argos, with millions of customers visiting our stores over the festive season.

"We're looking for enthusiastic, friendly and flexible people to deliver the personal service we are known for, whether customers are shopping in-store or buying online for home delivery.

"Many in the past have gone on to develop their career with us and progress to run a team, department or even store, helping to drive sales and deliver great customer service," Mr Carson added.

Meanwhile, the chief executive of Sainsbury's has outlined ambitious growth plans for Argos as the company rolls out click and collect services at 100 convenience stores ahead of the critical Christmas trading period.

A year after Sainsbury's splashed out £1.4bn to acquire Argos and Habitat owner Home Retail Group, Mike Coupe said that the company's rapid expansion will help take the fight to rivals such as Amazon.

The launch of Argos click and collect in Sainsbury's convenience stores is part of a longer-term plan to have 2,000 "points of presence" for the general goods retailer.

Mr Coupe said: "Customers are demanding more and more flexibility and more speed in terms of the way they shop with us.

"We would argue strongly that with the 2,000 points of presence, the Argos digital capability and the supply chain that backs that up - and the fact that those businesses have access to 27 million customers a week - gives us a reasonably powerful combination to compete in future.

"Sainsbury's is accelerating the roll-out of Argos stores within its supermarkets, opening its 50th outlet as it looks to better compete with rivals."

The company has already opened a standalone Argos Digital store in Forestside Shopping Centre in south Belfast, as well as a new store in Sainsbury's in Carrickfergus.

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