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Recruiting for festivities ahead

Its is still about four months to go until Christmas, but Argos are launching an annual Christmas recruitment campaign which needs to source 12,000 Christmas workers for their stores.

The recruitement is being done in partnership with Tyi UK and Job Centre Plus.

Terry Duddy, Argos Managing Director said, “Argos is a fun, interesting and busy place to be over Christmas so we are excited about finding passionate and enthusiastic staff that can join the team.

“With over 70 million customers passing through our doors over the period, the new recruits will really help us deliver great customer service this Christmas.”

Recruiting for seasonal workers is a skill in itself and will see a busy period for many recruitment agencies.

Improvement in number of people getting work

More people are being placed into jobs by recruitment agencies, according to the Recruitment and employment Confederation (REC).

Engineering and construction, as well as IT workers are the most in demand. Hospitality and healthcare sectors are not hiring as much though.

Kevin Green is the chief executive of the REC. He said, “Employment is just 1% off its pre-recession peak but the economy is still struggling at 4% down in comparison with 2007/2008 figures. The UK’s flexible labour market is a key reason why employment is continuing to grow. Employers are using large numbers of temporary workers which, with the Agency Workers Regulations less than two months away from implementation, shows that businesses continue to see the value of using a flexible workforce.”