Debenhams recruits 7,000 new staff to cover festive trading period

The retailer has also mobilised 500 members of its London HQ to volunteer at their local stores

Department store chain Debenhams has hired 7,000 new members across its 165 UK stores to help deal with the busy festive period.

The new recruits are expected to work on the shop floors, in its beauty halls, restaurants and stock management.

The retailer has also mobilised 500 volunteers from its London headquarters to help at their local stores.

“Our current team of colleagues are a testament to the local workforce, and we are delighted to welcome our new recruits,” said Debenhams’ Regional Manager Darren Kay.

“We have 109 new employees joining us this Christmas in our Oxford Street store alone and many colleagues that work with us over this period stay on as permanent members of staff, so it is a crucial time in our recruitment calendar and a great opportunity for those seeking a career in retail.”

According to the retailer, all of its new employees have been given the appropriate training.

The new team members are expected to start in time for Debenhams’ Black Friday promotion on 29 November.