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M&S recruiting 300 staff in Northern Ireland for Christmas

6th November 2018

Grocery chain Marks and Spencer is taking on 300 seasonal staff in Northern Ireland as it prepares for the Christmas rush.

M&S said applications were now open for the roles across its 21 stores in Northern Ireland in clothing, home and food.

M&S recently opened a food hall in Craigavon’s Marlborough Retail Park, its 21st store in Northern Ireland.

Simon Layton, M&S head of region for Northern Ireland, said it wanted to offer Christmas customers “the very best experience – that’s why we’re recruiting 300 new team members”.

“Every year we value the additional colleagues we recruit and it’s great a number stay with us.

“For those interested in applying, retail experience is helpful, but what we’re really after are colleagues who are ready to be part of a hard-working team and help make every moment special for our customers.”

M&S said some of its Christmas workers usually ended up staying with the company, with 32 Christmas staff becoming permanent from last year’s intake into Northern Ireland stores.

News of its recruitment comes ahead of M&S’s half-year results tomorrow.

Analysts have tipped the retailer to announce a 2% fall in like-for-like sales in its food division, with underlying sales in clothing and homeware sales down 1.2%.

Pre-tax profits are expected to reach £203m.

The company has this year launched campaigns to promote its womenswear featuring TV presenter Holly Willoughby.


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