Popular retailers hiring in the lead up to Christmas

The run up to Christmas can be a fantastic time to land a job in retail because they enter their busiest time of the year and it’s all hands on deck to make it through the hectic holiday period.

Many retailers will also take this opportunity to turn talented seasonal staff into permanent employees come January, so it can be a great time to put your best foot forward and try out the sector to see if it’s the right fit for you.

So if you’re looking for a social role and are passionate about great quality customer service, take a look at these popular retailers who are hiring right now…

1. Tesco

Are you passionate about great service? Would you like to help people have a pleasant shopping experience this Christmas? Tesco are recruiting Festive Colleagues at stores across the UK to help make sure that customers can get everything they need over the busy festive period.

If you’re looking for a fun, flexible role where no two days are the same, then you could apply today – there’s still time!

2. Co-op

Are you looking to grow your career and make a difference to your local community? Co-op is the UK’s six biggest retailer with more than 2,500 stores nationwide. As well as being a highly successful business, it’s also well known for its social goals and community-led programmes. From Customer Assistant to Store Supervisor and Manager roles, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved this Christmas.

Booker Group Jobs

Booker is a market leading wholesale provider in the UK. It offers branded and private label goods to over 400,000 customers, including independent convenience stores, grocers, pubs, and restaurants. In order to give these customers the great service they require, Booker needs people in a range of different roles including Customer Service Supervisor, Delivery Driver and Branch Assistant. You can see the full range of jobs below…

selfridges jobs

Selfridges is the only store to be named the Best Department Store in the World four times. It aims to surprise, amaze and delight its customers by delivering extraordinary customer experiences. Whether you’re a Sales Associate or a Department Manager, all team members are offered opportunities for self-development with a broad range of training programmes. If you’d love to help provide great quality customer service and you’re looking for an opportunity to further your career, then Selfridges could be a great option.

5. O2

Do you have a keen interest in technology? Are you looking for a role that comes with perks, support and possibilities? O2 is a mobile network operator which has 450 retail stores across the UK. Their 6,700 staff members work with customers to help them get the most out of their mobile phones and have the best user experience possible. From Retail Advisor to Store Leader, through to O2 Guru, there are several different ways that you can make your mark.

Southern Co-op have over 200 convenience stores spread across ten southern English counties. The majority of these are licenced to use the nationally recognised Co-op brand but operate as an independent society. Southern Co-op spend a lot of time building strong links within the community with the aim of making a positive difference both inside and outside their stores. If you’d like to be a part of that difference, then it’s worth looking into which roles may be available near you.

If you’re looking for a more unique take on a retail role, then it’s worth considering opportunities that might be available in airports – for instance, Heathrow. They have their own academy which finds and recruit people to work at Heathrow in a range of different roles. Retail brands such as Accessorize, Gucci and Harrod’s regularly need people to work in roles such as Sales, Associate, Assistant Manager and Client Advisor. For individuals that enjoy being around people, the airport can offer an interesting opportunity to meet people from all over the world and soak up the buzz and excitement that comes with being in Britain’s busiest travel hub.

If you love motoring, cycling or the great outdoors, then you could fit right in at Halfords. They are the UK’s leading retailer of automotive and cycling products, and a leading operator in car servicing and repairs. Halfords have more than 10,000 people up and down the country working in more than 460 stores and 300+ autocentres. They often have a wide range of positions available including Customer Service Advisors, MOT Testers, Mechanics and Duty Managers.

If you’d love to work in a retail role that helps you look after the health of millions of people, then a role at LloydsPharmacy could be just what you’ve been looking for. You’ve probably seen stores all over – in hospitals, supermarkets and local communities – and they’re all working hard to support the ever-changing needs of their customers and the healthcare industry.

You don’t need to be a fully qualified Pharmacist to work for Lloyds. There also are plenty of Sales Assistant and Pharmacy Support Staff roles available which may be of interest.

Are you an animal lover, with a genuine interest in all creatures great and small? Then you may be a welcome addition to the Pets at Home family! They pride themselves on being a different breed of retailer because they centre their business exclusively around pets and their owners. The type of role you choose to apply for will often depend on how involved you want to be with animals. For example, you could get hands on with a bunch of furry friends as a Trainee Dog Groomer, or if you’d rather spend more time assisting pet owners, then you could consider applying to be Pet Care Advisor (Store Colleague).

11. Sky

Sky Jobs

Europe’s biggest entertainment brand are looking to recruit a number of Retail Sales Advisors across the UK. The role involves chatting to and building relationships with customers and recommending solutions to their entertainment needs. Sky are happy to take people with little or no sales experience as long as you’re enthusiastic with strong communication skills. Interested? You can get started below…

12. B&M

B&M is one of the UK’s fastest growing variety retailers that believes in selling big brands at reasonable prices. There are currently 600 B&M stores around the country that sell a range of products from Food and Homewares through to Garden and Pet Care – so there’s sure to be a store near you.

B&M are currently recruiting in a range of roles including managerial positions, Warehouse Operatives and security staff. Why not take a look?

And remember…

Retailers don’t just focus on customer service roles. In fact, with the rapid rise of online shopping, many retailers are recruiting for skills and roles that just didn’t exist 20 years ago. This has led to a strong focus on all-age apprenticeships across the sector, as employers are keen to attract talented individuals with transferable skills.

You may be surprised at the range of opportunities available; from creative roles in design through to delivery and logistics roles, through to technical roles such as software engineering. If you are interested in exploring the wide range of roles available within the retail sector you can visit the British Retail Consortium’s Rethink Retail careers page which has some interesting role profiles and case studies.

Do you work in retail? Did you take a particular interest in the roles above? Are there any other retailers you would love to see here? We’d love to hear from you at [email protected].

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