Debenhams to create 6,500 Christmas jobs

DEBENHAMS is to hire an extra 6,500 seasonal staff to cope with the Christmas rush, it said yesterday.

The temporary workers will be employed in mid-November and cover the period to the end of the January sales.

Retail is the biggest private sector employer in the UK, with around 3m people working in the industry.

Debenhams chief executive Michael Sharp said: “These jobs are sure to be welcomed by local economies during the most financially challenging part of the year.

“Approximately a quarter of staff that work with us over the festive season will stay on in permanent roles, making this a crucial period in our employment calendar.”

The jobs will be split between every department at the retailer’s 163 nationwide stores, but this latest boost in temporary positions is lower than last year when the retailer created 9,000 extra festive roles.