Belfast Telegraph

Argos hiring 280 workers across Northern Ireland to meet Christmas demand

By Audrey Watson

Argos is recruiting 280 workers across Northern Ireland to help meet customer demand over the Christmas period.

The company, which has 27 stores in the province, is the UK’s largest high street retailer online, and processes around 121m customer transactions each year through its stores, and more than 900m website and app visits.

As well as customer assistants, 18 drivers are also required to support Argos’ store to customer door distribution service during the peak shopping season.

Initial contracts will be for three months, with the potential for some jobs to become permanent where vacancies exist.

Argos said it will offer recruits a minimum of 12 hours a week, and six hours for weekend staff.

In total, throughout the UK, 9,000 seasonal workers will be recruited by Argos.

Argos regional manager for Northern Ireland Stephen Kelly said: “Christmas is the busiest and most exciting time to be in retail.

“To make sure we offer customers the best possible service, Argos need extra support in our stores and we are looking for people who are customer focused, energetic and enthusiastic.

“As we gear up to make getting hold of Christmas gifts as easy as possible, for the first time we are also seeking drivers to join our store teams and support local deliveries to customers.

“People are at the heart of our business and we are committed to maintaining the friendly, personal service we are known for, whether customers are shopping online or in-store. We can offer employees fantastic, flexible training that will also benefit people for the long-term.”

New team members will receive competitive rates of pay and immediate benefits of 10% staff discount at Argos and 20% discount at sister company Homebase.

The My Benefits scheme gives all staff exclusive savings and local discounts both online and in a variety of other high street retailers.

Successful applicants can also gain valuable and transferable skills via Argos’ Open Door training system.

This enables them to work through retail training modules at work, on the move or from the comfort of their own home using their smartphone, tablet or PC.

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