- Currys seeking top talent to help customers continue to enjoy amazing tech this festive season
- 500 jobs available at its Newark distribution centre, which is run in collaboration with GXO
- Recruitment drive comes two months into Currys and GXO’s strategic partnership, which aims to optimise Currys’ warehouse operations
Currys plc, the UK’s largest omnichannel technology retailer, has today announced a campaign to recruit 500 temporary warehouse operatives at its National Distribution Centre in Newark, in collaboration with its partner GXO, the world’s largest pure-play contract logistics provider.
The joint recruitment campaign comes two months after Currys appointed GXO to operate four of its 22 distribution sites in the UK. Under the agreement, GXO will manage Currys’ omnichannel fulfilment and returns logistics.
Currys always relies on temporary colleagues to bolster its core population of warehouse operatives ahead of and during the busy festive season, and this season is no different as tech continues to play an increasingly important role in people’s lives.
That’s why, in a bid to recruit top local talent to help the business fulfil millions of orders of amazing tech this festive season, Currys and GXO are now offering new colleagues a number of competitive sign-on and retention incentives. This includes:
- Increasing the hourly rate of pay between October and December, to at least £10.50 per hour for all colleagues, rising to £11.50 per hour for Forklift truck drivers (FLTs)
- Increasing the overtime rate of pay to double pay (previously 1.5 times)
- Introducing a retention bonus of up to £1,000 for all warehouse colleagues old and new, split between December and January payments
- All in all, colleagues could see themselves earning up to £850 per week
All roles are based at Currys’ Newark Campus – run in collaboration with GXO – which spans 1.5m sqft, the equivalent of 50 football pitches! Newark is critical to the smooth running of the business’ supply chain, and everyone plays a vital role in helping the nation enjoy amazing technology. As the business’ National Distribution Centre, the majority of all tech bought at currys.co.uk or in-store starts its journey in Newark before making its way across the country and ending up in customers’ hands.
The Campus, which is already home to 2,500 colleagues across warehouse, repairs, recycling and waste management, has a high rate of temp to perm conversion and successful applicants would be joining what colleagues like to dub “a family”.
Commenting on the new strategic partnership gathering momentum in the run up to the festive season, Gavin Williams, Managing Director for the UK and Ireland, GXO, said: “We’re delighted to partner with Currys plc and bring our logistics expertise in consumer technology to their business as they continue to grow. Our highly-skilled team knows how to deliver added value for customers and by working in partnership with Currys, we look forward to delighting consumers from purchase to delivery.”
Simon Boss, Director of Logistics at Currys, said: “Our Newark campus – run with the unique expertise of our partners at GXO – is the beating heart of Currys. It’s where we pick, pack and dispatch orders for all stores and online customers across the UK&I. It’s hard to imagine a more exciting place to be in the run up to the festive season, as the nation gears up to treat themselves to vital tech that helps them stay connected, productive, healthy and entertained.”
Doina Lazar, Warehouse Operative at GXO/Currys, said: “I have been working at GXO/Currys for four years and for me it is amazing to be able to work flexible hours. You have the opportunity to grow in your career within a helpful and friendly team and with the good news of having a higher salary, which is what people really want. There is also a great opportunity to learn. I would recommend joining the GXO/Currys team to grow in your career.”
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About Currys plc
Currys plc is a leading omnichannel retailer of technology products and services, operating online and through 829 stores in 7 countries. We Help Everyone Enjoy Amazing Technology, however they choose to shop with us.
In the UK&I we trade as Currys; in the Nordics under the Elkjøp brand and as Kotsovolos in Greece. In each of these markets we are the market leader, employing 35,000 capable and committed colleagues. Our full range of services and support makes it easy for our customers to discover, choose, afford and enjoy the right technology for them, throughout their lives. The Group’s operations are supported by a sourcing office in Hong Kong, state-of-the-art repair facilities and an extensive distribution network, enabling fast and efficient delivery to stores and homes.
Our vision, we help everyone enjoy amazing technology, has a powerful social purpose at its heart. We believe in the power of technology to improve lives, help people stay connected, productive, healthy, and entertained. We’re here to help everyone enjoy those benefits and with our scale and expertise, we are uniquely placed to do so.
We’re a leader in giving technology a longer life through repair, recycling and reuse. We’re reducing our impact on the environment in our operations and our wider value chain and we will achieve net zero emissions by 2040. We offer customers products that help them save energy, reduce waste and save water, and we partner with charitable organisations to bring the benefits of amazing technology to those who might otherwise be excluded. Visit www.currysplc.com for more information.
About GXO Logistics
GXO Logistics, Inc. (NYSE: GXO) is the world’s largest pure-play contract logistics provider. GXO is committed to providing a world-class, diverse workplace for its 94,000 team members across 869 warehouse locations totalling 208 million square feet. The company partners with the world’s leading blue-chip customers to solve complex logistics challenges with technologically advanced supply chain solutions, at scale and with speed. Despite its market leadership, GXO holds only 5% of the fast-growing $130 billion potential addressable logistics market in Europe and North America. GXO’s corporate headquarters are in Greenwich, Conn., USA. Visit GXO.com for more information, and connect with GXO on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.