Fashion and homewares retailer Matalan has today announced it will be creating an additional 2,300 Christmas jobs across its network of 208 UK stores this year.
Representing an average of 11 extra staff per store, the recruitment drive is being undertaken to deal with the expected greater customer demand for Matalan products over the festive period and comes at a time of high unemployment levels among the UK’s younger generation.
With the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics showing that more than one in five young people (16 to 24-year-olds) in the UK are without a job, the retailer’s stated commitment to turn these temporary roles into permanent positions wherever possible will be welcome news for the economy.
Other retailers to have already announced their Christmas employment plans include Argos and Asda, which expect to employ 12,000 and 7,000 extra staff respectively in order to deal with the busiest part of the year for British retail.
Mike Jeans, Retail Director at Matalan, said: “We are pleased to be announcing the creation of 2,300 jobs throughout the country during the Christmas period.
“We are looking for sales assistants who focus on making sure every potential Christmas present is on the sales floor, who love to work in a busy environment, but above all else, those who strive to keep our customers smiling.”
Matalan announced in July that total revenues fell 2.7 per cent year-on-year to £268.1 million in the 13 weeks ending May 28th 2011, prompting the business to warn of a tough trading environment for the rest of the financial year.
It also suggested it would make “modest investment” in new stores where opportunities exist and focus on building a strong customer proposition, but that that the fruits of any development will not become evident until 2012.
Adding to the workforce appears to be one way the retailer is looking to develop the business in the year ahead.
Jeans added: “We are looking forward to welcoming new colleagues to help Matalan grow.”