Leading British retailer Debenhams announced today that it has filled 7,000 Christmas jobs across its 165 UK stores, to help give the best customer service possible at Christmas, its busiest time of year.

Debenhams is mobilising volunteers from its central functions too, with 500 people from its London HQ going out to their local stores to help over the peak trading period. It has also taken a fresh approach to its Christmas recruitment drive this year, hiring colleagues not just with retail experience but from the hospitality industry too. This is about ensuring shoppers across the country enjoy an unforgettable shopping experience supported by enthusiastic staff who are dedicated to going the extra mile.

The range of flexible positions that Debenhams has recruited for includes on the sales floor, in its beauty halls, serving in the restaurant and even behind the scenes in stock management. Debenhams’ emphasis on flexible shift patterns will ensure additional colleagues are in store, whenever customers need them.

All new colleagues have been given special training to ensure they’re ready to put the fun into the festivities over the holiday season. They will be on hand to advise customers how to shop for thoughtful gifts, including personalised items, from the retailer’s huge range of 3-for-2 offers – the biggest range in UK retail.

The 7,000 new recruits will start in time for Debenhams’ big Black Friday promotion on 29th November. Debenhams will release sneak peeks of its Black Friday deals later this week, but the department stores will be running amazing offers on a wide range of products across clothing, accessories and homeware, not to mention huge savings on beauty products including premium brands such as Clarins, Estée Lauder, Benefit, Lancôme, and Urban Decay.

Darren Kay, Regional Manager for Debenhams said, “Our current team of colleagues are a testament to the local workforce, and we are delighted to welcome our new recruits.

“We have 109  new employees joining us this Christmas in our Oxford Street store alone and many colleagues that work with us over this period stay on as permanent members of staff, so it is a crucial time in our recruitment calendar and a great opportunity for those seeking a career in retail.”

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Notes to editors:
Debenhams is a leading international, department store destination with a proud British heritage which trades out of around 240 stores and is available online in more than 90 countries at It is one of the top five fashion retailers in the UK and has a leading market position in premium beauty both in-store and online. Debenhams gives its customers around the world a unique, differentiated and exclusive mix of own brands, international brands and concessions. As well as regular promotional events, Debenhams will pay your weekend parking charges if you spend £50 in-store.

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