Christmas rush for just 87 jobs

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SHEFFIELD’S biggest department store has been swamped with applications from young people desperate to find a temporary job in the run up to Christmas.

John Lewis received more than 450 applications - mostly young women -for 87 temporary Christmas jobs at its Sheffield store.

It comes as new figures revealed there are 18,176 unemployed in Sheffield - with 43,430 people looking for work in South Yorkshire.

The temps will help as the Barker’s Pool department store extends opening hours for Christmas.

It will be open from 8.30am to 7pm Monday to Saturday and 11am to 5pm on Sundays from Monday, November 28, until Christmas Eve.

The Christmas temps will fill selling assistant roles across a number of departments, including a Christmas shop, furnishing accessories, homeware, fashion and electrical technology.

Staff, who will receive training, will then be let go following the Christmas period.

John Lewis personnel manager Dianne Byrne said: “When we are recruiting temporary partners for Christmas we look for people who really understand what good customer service looks like.

“Recruitment of these new temporary partners and their enthusiasm to ensure our customers have a great experience when shopping with us, will allow John Lewis Sheffield to be more helpful that ever.”

And TJ Hughes is gearing up for the busy Christmas period by creating 22 temporary jobs at its store on High Street in Sheffield.

The company, saved from administration earlier this year, is predicting a huge increase in footfall and is recruiting staff for full-time and part-time roles.

n Are you part of the ‘lost generation’ of young people who cannot find work? Email richard.marsden@thestar.co.uk.