Belfast Telegraph

Debenhams offers temporary Christmas work to 300

Store giant Debenhams is to create 300 temporary jobs across its four Northern Ireland stores.

As it gears up for Christmas, the company plans to bring in 9,000 temporary staff across its stores in the UK and Ireland, with 300 temporary posts planned for stores in the Republic.

Chris Paton, sales director for Debenhams Ireland, said: "Christmas is the busiest time of year for us and our customers. At Debenhams Ireland we are already starting to look for extra staff to help us provide fantastic customer service throughout the festive season.

"Applicants do not need retail experience but should be keen to work in a team and be prepared for a fast-paced working environment. Retail at Christmas can be challenging but there's a great atmosphere in the stores throughout the season."

An average of 56 jobs will be offered at each of 160 outlets, more than last year, although the number of hours will remain the same.

All the jobs will be part-time, running from November to January, involving flexible shift patterns and ranging from stock handling and general sales advisors to gift advisor roles which will require special training.

Michael Sharp, deputy chief executive at Debenhams, said: "These jobs are sure to be welcomed during the most financially challenging part of the year."