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September 15, 2021

John Lewis Partnership to hire more than 7,000 temporary workers

The company will recruit more than 550 permanent full-time drivers and warehouse partners.

The John Lewis Partnership, which owns the British retailers John Lewis and Waitrose, has revealed plans to hire more than 7,000 temporary workers across the UK.

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The recruitment drive is in preparation to meet the increased demand expected over the Christmas period.

The company will advertise seasonal roles across its 331 Waitrose shops, including supermarket assistants, night shift workers and customer delivery drivers for Waitrose’s online grocery shopping service.

It will also enrol individuals for sales and merchandising positions at 34 John Lewis stores.

In addition to temporary roles, the John Lewis Partnership plans to add more than 550 permanent full-time drivers and warehouse partners to its workforce.

These employees will work across distribution centres and customer delivery centres for Waitrose.com and John Lewis.com.

John Lewis Partnership people director Nikki Humphrey said: “We know that as the first Christmas after lockdown, customers will want to make it really special and we’re throwing everything we can into helping them celebrate – our festive team will have a crucial role to play.

“We’re looking for people who can deliver extraordinary service to help customers get what they need to celebrate. We look forward to welcoming people into our team across the country.”

The announcement comes a few months after the John Lewis Partnership revealed plans to cut 1,000 jobs in a store management rearrangement.

The Partnership is also developing a 300,000ft² distribution centre at Bardon, Leicestershire.

Several retailers have announced recruitment drives ahead of the Christmas period, with Amazon sharing plans to hire an additional 125,000 workers in the US.

The e-commerce giant also recently pledged to recruit a further 15,000 full and part-time employees across Canada, as well as planning to increase employees’ wages.

Frontline Amazon staff are set to receive between $17 and $21.65 an hour under the company’s new wage system, up from their current starting wage of around $16 an hour.

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The average UK consumer is experiencing a severe cost-of living crisis as inflation surges to a forty-year high and the price of goods continues to rise. This shock is the result of the sharply increasing costs of commodities, energy, and the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, and is threatening FMCG manufacturers, retailers, and foodservice operators’ ability to survive and grow. Inflation will have a profound effect on many consumer-facing industries in 2022 and beyond. Consult GlobalData’s new whitepaper, Inflation in the UK: The Impact of Historically High Inflation on the UK Consumer Landscape, to better understand shifts in consumer behavior and their impact on spending patterns, as well as the implications for UK businesses. This whitepaper covers:  
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  • What impact is inflation having on UK retail sales?
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  • How long will high inflation last in the UK?
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