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8 Companies That Will Get You Excited About Retail Jobs

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Most of us have done a stint in retail at some point in our lives. Whether it was working in a local supermarket or clothing shop to pay our way through Uni, or working part time later in life to fit around commitments, a lot of us have had the opportunity to hone our customer service skills on the front line.

However, with all that said, the world of retail has its perks. Not all positions are based on the shop floor and with many companies now operating online stores, opportunities for HQ jobs are more plentiful than ever. Considering that benefits can range from employee discounts and sample sales to childcare vouchers, flexible working and pension plans, it’s worth remembering that retail is an industry that offers a lot more to its employees than it’s usually credited for.

The number of employees working in retail is expected to reach 3.3 million in 2017. So, if you’re looking to try on a new title this year, why not sneak a peek at some of these roles and see if one of them is the right fit for you.

John Lewis

What do they do: John Lewis began trading in 1864 on London’s Oxford Street and has grown to become the largest omnichannel retailer in the UK with 48 John Lewis shops (34 department stores, 12 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) and a growing online business – johnlewis.com.

Where are they hiring: Victoria, Wales and London

What roles: Supermarket Assistant, Personal Stylist, Selling Assistant

What do their employees say: “Great benefits and really good employment package. Well respected and good reputation along with a big focus on fairness.” – Current Employee

The Kooples

What do they do: The Kooples is a high-end French fashion brand founded by Alexandre, Laurent and Raphaël Elicha in 2007.

Where are they hiring: London

What roles: Office Assistant, Supervisor, Keyholder

What do their employees say: “Great company, staff are very friendly both at the concession and at head office, make you feel very welcome and there are great perks.” – Current Employee

Cath Kidson

What do they do: Established in 1993, in London’s Holland Park, Cath Kidston has become synonymous with classic British design and nostalgic style, famous for its unique floral prints and bright, playful patterns.

Where are they hiring: London

What roles: Sales Assistant, Store Manager, Creative Designer

What do their employees say: “Positive environment with supportive and friendly colleagues, 50% discount for staff, health insurance and other benefits, CEO and senior managers are approachable. They treat everyone equally and kindly. A good place to build your career and earn experience especially for new grads.” – Current Employee

Fortnum & Mason

What do they do: Fortnum & Mason (F&M) has the “food fit for a queen” market cornered. The 300-year-old upscale British department store, famous for its picnic hampers, jams, teas, and sauces, provides the Queen with her annual supply of Christmas puddings.

Where are they hiring: London

What roles: Sales Assistant, HR Manager, Buying Assistant

What do their employees say: “Strong brand values. Excellent employee training. Excellent employees facilities. Supportive, interesting and fun working environment. Competitive salaries” – Former Employee

TOPSHOP

What do they do: Trendsetting and pioneering, TOPSHOP ’s impact on British fashion is remarkable. Iconic designer collaborations, trend-led collections, innovative beauty lines and VIP fans – they’re not your average high-street Brand.

Where are they hiring: Manchester & London

What roles: Junior Digital Designer, International Visual Manager, International Buyer

What do their employees say: “Lots of development opportunities. The people are lovely to work with. It’s an exciting place to work if you like fashion” – Current Employee

AllSaints Retail

What do they do: Established in 1994, AllSaints is a premium British fashion house, best known for its iconic biker jackets, creating clothing and accessories for men and women.

Where are they hiring: London

What roles: French Copywriter, Digital Marketing Exec, Store Manager

What do their employees say: “Great and fast growing brand with hard working, creative individuals. Perfect place for design thinkers who want to learn and grow. Amazing product and great sense of style makes the job even more pleasurable.” – Current Employee

NEXT Retail Ltd

What do they do: NEXT plc sells moderately priced clothing for men, women, and children; housewares; and furniture through 500-plus stores (including some 30 stand-alone NEXT Home stores) in the UK and Ireland.

Where are they hiring: Leicester, Grays, Pontefract

What roles: Stockroom Assistant, Team Manager, Customer Service Advisor

What do their employees say: “Rewarding financially when sales are going well, great people to work with, supportive managers in almost all departments, good benefits regardless of sales” – Current Employee

ASOS

What do they do: ASOS burst on to the scene in 2000 and hasn’t looked back. They now have 9 country-specific websites, ship to 240 countries around the world with offices in the UK, US, France, Germany, Australia and China.

Where are they hiring: Hemel Hempstead, London

What roles: Performance Manager, Forecasting Analyst, Customer Service Advisor

What do their employees say: “Young, creative, dynamic, and friendly and growing. Every day has new and exciting challenges, and the company is making an effort to make the workplace better for everyone on an on-going basis.” – Current Employee