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Sunday 26 February 2017

Little festive cheer for the unemployed

Anne-Marie Walsh Industry Correspondent

LAST year's chaotic scenes when more than 1,000 people queued for hours for part-time Christmas jobs at Marks & Spencer (M&S) will not be recreated this year.

The head of the chain, Jonathan Smith, last night revealed it had already filled the 750 seasonal positions needed this year. He said that the UK-owned company had re-employed many of the people taken on during last year's festive season as well as candidates that were not successful.

But there are other festive opportunities as more than 300 jobs were announced yesterday -- 200 in retail and another 120 at a pharmaceutical firm.

M&S will create more than 100 jobs when it opens its 21st store in the Republic in Cork in November and another 100 temporary and permanent jobs will be created at the Kildare Village Shopping Centre.

In addition, pharmaceutical firm Wellmed Ireland, based in Dublin, said it would create 120 opportunities across the country in sales and marketing of skin therapy products.

Demand for the jobs is likely to be high, with 455,000 on the dole and the vast majority of employers very pessimistic about employment in the months ahead.

In a new report, just one in 10 of IBEC members, who employ almost three-quarters of the workforce, said they had plans to hire before the New Year.

The IBEC Business Sentiment Survey said the employers' views on the size of their workforces were "pointing to continuing job losses".

And the hotels industry also issued a grim warning. It said 82pc of hotels would be forced to cut jobs further in the next three months if local authorities did not cut rates.

Irish Independent

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