BURTON has been given a 'huge boost' as a national brand revealed it hopes to hire 1,600 people to fill new seasonal vacancies at its warehouse.
Burton MP Andrew Griffiths called the news 'fantastic' and said he hoped it would lead to more permanent roles in future.
Local recruitment company Gi Group is looking to hire 800 people to fill temporary seasonal vacancies at Boots' Burton Service Centre, in Centrum 100, while a second recruitment company will try to hire another 800.
Mr Griffiths said: "I think this is fantastic news for the Burton economy and shows the continuing strength of workplace businesses and logistics that have located in the town.
"While these jobs are temporary, they are a great way back into the workplace and I think it will be a huge boost for many local people and could lead to permanent roles. The next challenge for us is to ensure we have enough people with the right skills for these jobs."
Chris Else, president of Burton Chamber of Commerce, agreed. He said: "Seasonal vacancies are a great way for people to find work and to impress potential long-term employers.
"The fact the Gi Group is recruiting for so many vacancies at the moment is great news for local people, local businesses and the Burton economy."
The service centre supports the boots.com offering order processing, as well as the Christmas gift ranges and international product distribution, and so has increased activity leading up to the busy Christmas period.
A variety of roles are available including administrators, pickers, parcel packers, low level truck picking and reach/fork lift truck drivers with flexible hours and mixed shift patterns. They will be located at the site in Parkway.
David Rice, Burton business manager for Boots.com, said: "This is an exciting time of the year for Boots as we can now offer 1,600 temporary positions due to our expanding dotcom operation.
"We offer competitive rates of pay, training opportunities and various shift patterns."
Positions are available for interview immediately.
Anyone who is interested should email their CV to: burton.sms@ gigroup.com