Stores to hire 800 -- but 142 jobs lost at electrical firm
Retail stores yesterday announced the creation of more than 800 temporary jobs to cover the Christmas period.
Debenhams is recruiting 680 staff to cater for seasonal demand, while computer game retailer Gamestop announced it would take on 140 people.
Debenhams said it would take on an average of 40 staff at each of its 11 branches in the Republic and five stores in the North to cover the period from mid-November until the beginning of January.
Interest in these positions had broadened in recent years, with more graduates and school leavers applying, the store said.
Previous retail experience isn't essential, although to improve efficiency Debenhams said it was hoping to re-recruit temporary staff who worked for it last Christmas.
Gamestop said it needed 140 part-time staff for its 55 stores across Ireland in the lead-up to Christmas.
It is looking for people with an interest in computer games and technology and, like Debenhams, is recruiting directly through its website.
Argos is also in the process of recruiting 800 extra staff at its 41 Irish stores for the festive period.
Retail Excellence Ireland, which represents retailers, said it expected up to 25,000 extra staff would be taken on nationwide over the Christmas period.
The developments came as an Irish electrical contracting firm announced it is to close with the loss of 142 jobs.
The JRE Group, which has its headquarters in Clonmel, Co Tipperary, and regional offices in Dublin and Cork, confirmed yesterday that the firm is to shut down.
Poor trading conditions and the downturn in the construction industry is being blamed for the failure of the business.
Meanwhile, Taoiseach Enda Kenny yesterday launched a Forfas report which predicted the games industry in Ireland could increase the numbers directly employed from just over 2,000 today to almost 5,000 by 2014.
Mr Kenny said the report -- which is intended as an action plan for growth -- is not overly ambitious, pointing out that the number directly employed in the industry has increased five-fold since 2004.
There has been a steady increase in employment within the industry over the past seven years and the report states that Ireland is particularly well placed to take advantage of growth in world markets.
Revenue from the games sector internationally is expected to increase from the current figure of €39.6bn to €60.6bn within the next four years.
Ireland is already home to a number of major games firms, including EA, Bioware, Activision Blizzard, Zynga and PopCap.