Primark in Grimsby to start recruiting staff for giant new store
22nd June 2017
Primark is preparing to start recruitment at its huge new superstore in Grimsby.
The new jobs are being welcomed by unemployment workers in the town who say it will be a major boost to the local economy.
The new store is set to create 120 new jobs when it opens with an extra 27,000 sq ft of retail space being created at Freshney Place.
The store interior is currently being finished before recruiting starts ahead of a summer opening.
An increase in construction jobs is also set to benefit Grimsby's employment figures.
The forecast came as fewer people claimed unemployment benefits in North East Lincolnshire in May compared with figures from March.
According to Jobcentre Plus, a total of 3,430 people claimed Jobseeker's Allowance or Universal Credit in May - down from 3,580 in March. Of those almost 800 were aged between 18 and 24.
Lorraine Alexander, employer and partnerships manager, at the Department for Work and Pensions - North East Yorkshire & Humber said: "Nationally employment figures are at an all-time high. Unemployment nationally, is a reduction of 50,000 on the quarter; which is at its lowest rate since 1975.
"The employment market is still very buoyant and people can't fail to notice all the construction work going on. There are multiple building developments in North East Lincolnshire."
Lorraine said the Primark jobs will have a big impact on Grimsby and said the company was preparing to launch its recruitment drive within a few weeks.
She said: "One of the biggest recruiters is the new Primark in Freshney Place and recruiting will start in mid July."
The unemployment figures also show the female employment rate is at a joint record high of 70.2 per cent, with nearly 15 million women in work and there are around 770,000 vacancies in the economy.
Separate figures out today show 1.2 million claims have been made to Universal Credit (UC). Of the 530,000 people now claiming UC, nearly 38 per cent are in work.
Those interested n careers in construction should go to government supported websites www.goconstruct.org and www.citb.co.uk
News courtesy: www.humberbusiness.com