The chain is advertising 663 ‘clinical’ vacancies and 707 non-clinical jobs after bookings from a large number of customers who postponed sight and hearing tests during the pandemic.
Clinical jobs include optometrists and audiologists, non-clinical positions include retail assistant, store management and apprentice. The firm says it provides ‘training at all levels’.
Paul Hurdley, Specsavers vice regional chair, said: “We’ve experienced a real bounce back in trade, so we’re really pleased to be in a position to create these new roles.
“We would love people to consider a career with us, even if it means doing something completely different to what they are used to, as we have such a broad spectrum of roles available and provide training at all levels.
“As well as those with many years of clinical experience, we’re really keen to talk to people from all backgrounds and ages.
“We know a lot of people have missed their eye tests during lockdown, so we would advise to book in to see us as soon as possible.”
The pandemic had proved especially difficult for retail workers, with thousands of jobs lost since the first lockdown last March last year, he added.
Two-thirds of those who lost their job were under 25, Paul said, but age and experience were no barrier to the new jobs.
The firm has branches on The Moor in Sheffield city centre and in Hillsborough, Firth Park, Norton, Catcliffe, Crystal Peaks, Fox Valley, Stocksbridge and College Street, Rotherham.