Retail jobs on offer as big stores gear up for Christmas
THERE may be 76 days to go until Christmas but the festive season has already landed for those on the hunt for a job.
High-end retailer Brown Thomas was the latest to say it would be taking on extra people to man the tills, wrap gifts and stock the storerooms as retailers hope for a bumper season.
The announcement of 200 jobs at its flagship Grafton Street store in Dublin followed just a day after food and clothing chain Marks & Spencers confirmed it was recruiting 440 extra employees for the Christmas season.
"In the last three weeks there have been over 1,000 temporary jobs advertised for the Christmas season," Marie Reilly, content editor with Irishjobs.ie, said.
"Most of the temporary Christmas jobs are in retail but we have also noticed a pick-up in the hospitality sector as well."
Brown Thomas confirmed those vying to fill the temporary positions will need to be available to work weekends, Christmas Eve, St Stephen's Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
"The 25 days before Christmas are around 20pc of your business.
"This is about making sure you have enough people in the business to make sure customers are well looked after," managing director Stephen Sealey said.
Mr Sealey said they often returned to those hired over the temporary period when permanent vacancies arose.
M&S plans to hire 440 extra employees at its 21 stores in Ireland. An added extra for those hired includes a 20pc discount on all products.
Catalogue sales chain Argos will be taking on 670 workers at its 40 stores. The company said there would be a staff discount on offer for new employees.
The Department of Social Protection said the process of signing off and back on has been simplified to enable people to take up temporary work.
Instead of losing their benefits, they are temporarily suspended if they inform the social welfare office, which can restore payments within a few days.
Meanwhile, one of Ireland's most historic cinemas is to create 65 new jobs after it was redeveloped as a hi-tech nightclub.
The Savoy Theatre -- which first opened as a cinema 80 years ago on Cork's Patrick Street -- is now the focus of a €3m nightclub and live music venue investment.
Forty of the 65 new jobs will be permanent. The new-look Savoy will officially re-open on October 19.