Luxury department store group Harrods was one of the big winners at this week’s Recruiter Awards, picking up three prizes for its recruitment practices.
Accolades handed to the retailer included Best Candidate Experience, Most Effective Recruitment Strategy and Best Employee Referral Strategy, and the company paid tribute to its workforce after collecting the gongs.
Sarah Andrews, Harrods HR & Retail Director, told Retail Gazette: “We are delighted to have been successful in three key categories in 2011’s Recruiter Awards for Excellence.
“Harrods recognises that much of its continuing success comes as a result of the quality of its people.
“These three awards are testament to our on-going commitment to recruiting the absolute best talent on the market, and to the effectiveness of both our internal and external recruitment campaigns.”
Harrods launched a new degree programme last summer, with the aim of teaching students the art of selling.
The BA (Hons) in Sales run in conjunction with leading academics at Cambridge’s Anglia Ruskin University is open to Harrods staff, who on completion are likely to be fast-tracked in the business and have their career prospects enhanced.
Sales at the retailer also continue to rise despite pressures on consumer spending having a negative impact on many companies in the sector.
The retailer announced in January that it achieved its annual sales target of £1 billion one week ahead of schedule following better than expected Christmas trading and a strong demand from international visitors.