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Published on September 15th, 2021 | by The GC Team

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John Lewis in search of 7,000 little helpers for Christmas

The John Lewis Partnership is recruiting more than 7,000 temporary roles – 2,000 more than last year – in a number of areas of its business to meet increased demand over the festive period.

The temporary staff will be drafted in for positions including sales and merchandising in John Lewis’s 34 stores, where the retailer will be operating 10 newly designed Christmas emporiums including in-store events and workshops for families from October. 

Seasonal roles will also be created in 331 Waitrose stores.

JLP said its new 300k sq ft distribution centre at Bardon, Leicestershire will help support additional online demand ahead of Black Friday this year, and the business is also in the process of filling 550 permanent full-time driver and warehouse roles across its distribution centres and Waitrose.com and John Lewis.com customer delivery centres.

“We will offer free food and drinks to Partners and temporary workers from 4 October to 31 December to help ensure we can attract the help we need,” the company said.

Nikki Humphrey, People Director at JLP, said: “We know that as the first Christmas after lockdown, customers will want to make it really special and we’re throwing everything we can into helping them celebrate – our festive team will have a crucial role to play.

“We’re looking for people who can deliver extraordinary service to help customers get what they need to celebrate.” 

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