Monday 20 February 2017

Irish store looking for Polish workers after they struggle to fill warehouse posts

Published 16/09/2016 | 09:11

Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland in Kilcock, Co Kildare. Picture: Google Maps
Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland in Kilcock, Co Kildare. Picture: Google Maps

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Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland have revealed that they have been forced to hold a recruitment day in Poland as they are struggling to fill posts at their warehouse in Kilcock, Co Kildare.

The major chain, which incorporates SuperValu and Centra, revealed that they hosted two recruitment days in Poznan "for warehouse opportunities" in the store on Wednesday and Thursday.

They have appealed to staff in the store who have family members or friends in Poland to contact their HR Generalist.

A poster advertising the recruitment drive. Picture: Independent.ie reader
A poster advertising the recruitment drive. Picture: Independent.ie reader

A statement, released to Independent.ie, by Musgrave confirmed that they are struggling to fill the posts.

"We have a number of open positions in our warehouse facilities in Kilcock and these opportunities are being advertised in Ireland. 

"We have been unable to fill all of the positions to date, so we have also arranged open days in Poland as the rate of applicants based in Ireland is low."

it continued: "We are an equal opportunities employer and nationality is not a factor in determining salary levels. We operate the same pay rates for all colleagues, regardless of where they are from or what country they are recruited from."

One reader contacted Independent.ie on Facebook to query the move.

He wrote: "Why are they only looking for Polish workers and not list it in Ireland for all to see?"

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