Swedish home furnishings retailer Ikea has reportedly revealed that 1,300 new jobs will be created in three new stores to open in the UK.
Scheduled to open this year, a new Sheffield store is expected to create 480 new roles, while a Greenwich store due to open next year will employ 500 people.
Construction has already started at the Exeter store, which is scheduled to open next year and expects to provide 350 jobs.
Upon completion of the three new stores, Ikea will have a workforce of 11,700 people working in 22 stores across the UK.
According to the retailer, the new roles will be created in various departments such as store management, food and beverage, customer relations, sales, interior design, IT, sustainability and marketing.
The Independent reported that Ikea has agreed to pay all its workers £9.75 an hour in London, and £8.45 elsewhere in the UK.
Ikea UK and Ireland country retail manager Gillian Drakeford said: “As we continue to expand, we’re delighted to bring investment to new areas across the country and create new opportunities for local communities.
“This year we are celebrating Ikea’s 30th anniversary in the UK, and we are seeing more demand from customers for more stores in areas closer to where they live.”
This development comes in the backdrop of declining sales in the retail sector.
Ikea reported an increase of 8.9% in its revenues to £1.72bn last year.