Sheffield is in line for a festive jobs boom – with more than 5,000 new positions up for grabs.
Employers in Sheffield are ploughing nearly £8 million into the economy by taking on thousands of extra staff in preparation for the busy Christmas shopping season.
The city centre is set to benefit from 3,000 new jobs in the retailer and hospitality industry, while stores at the city’s Meadowhall shopping centre are taking on about 2,000 new staff – the most for a number of years.
Retailers said they are looking forward to a ‘bumper’ Christmas season. Customers are already spending more than they have done in previous years, and the trend is set to continue in the run- up to the festive period.
Economy experts said the signs were ‘encouraging’ for the city’s economy.
Recent GDP figures – which monitor economic growth – show the UK economy is continuing to grow and is now at the size it was before the recession first hit six years ago.
Darren Pearce, centre director at Meadowhall, said his retailers were reporting that sales are currently up 4 per cent on last year. He said its latest jobs fair was advertising 2,000 positions. That would bring the total number of employees at Meadowhall to 8,500 people. Mr Pearce said: “People have more confidence and are spending more than they did last year. Our retailers are recruiting more people this year than they have done for quite a number of years.”
Richard Eyre, head of city centre management at Sheffield Council, said city centre retailers were expecting a ‘bumper’ Christmas.
He said: “There are no definite figures for the number of seasonal staff taken on in city centre, but I estimate it’s about 3,000, due to the hospitality sector as well as retail. Retailers are looking forward to a bumper Christmas and the possible introduction of the Business Improvement District next year.”