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Retail and Hospitality Companies Actively Hiring in May

Posted by Miranda Kyte

Career Trends Expert

Last Updated May 13, 2022

Job vacancies hit another record high last month but it’s the hospitality and retail industries that are feeling the tightest recruitment squeeze. The disruption from the pandemic and a drop in the availability of foreign staff have meant employers in these fields are facing ongoing difficulties accessing labour.

To help, Glassdoor has rounded up hospitality and retail companies across the country that are actively hiring in May.

  1. Hotel Chocolat
  2. NEXT
  3. Co-op
  4. Itsu
  5. Doyle Collection
  6. Lounges
  7. Pets at Home

Employer Overview

The Hotel Chocolat brand was built on three pillars - originality, authenticity and ethics - which the chocolate makers have carried on with their eco-conscious, sustainable agriculture. And it's not just their business decisions that are thoughtful; the company's cultural values are summarised as “Be brave. Be kind.” With shops, cafes and restaurants across the country, Hotel Chocolat is looking for sales advisors among other roles. 

Locations

Nationwide.

Vacancies 

Sales Advisor, Retail Manager, Supervisor, Store Manager, Shift Manager and more.

Employee Intelligence

“Amazing team, amazing managers, lots of free stuff and good pay.” - Selling Assistant, London

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2. NEXT

Employer Overview

Growing from As one of the country’s biggest retailers, there are a variety of roles available at Next whether that’s in their warehouse team or on the store floor. With over 10,000 employees, workplace reviews praise Next’s company culture and diversity and inclusion efforts. Positions are available nationwide, but customer service representatives in the Doncaster and Leicester are particularly needed.

Locations

Nationwide.

Vacancies 

Customer Service Representative, Merchandise Assistant, Warehouse Team Manager, Team Manager and more.

Employee Intelligence

“The level of detail and expertise in all of the training they provide, from the moment you join you are set up in their academy, which has a variety of very useful courses. Their benefits and “Offers great investment into your personal development Provides many tech related roles and opportunities. Requests regular feedback and suggestions.” - Senior Developer, Enderby

3. Co-op

Employer Overview

The Co-op’s vision is to ‘co-operate for a fairer world’ and has been aiming to make a difference to people’s lives since 1844. The grocery store is owned by millions of members while employing nearly 65,000 people, all with the purpose of doing business in a better way for the community. Customer service representatives are most in-demand, but there are available positions across all departments.

Locations

Nationwide.

Vacancies 

Supply Chain Executive, Sustainability Executive, Resort Customer Helper, Senior E-Customer Service Representative, Customer Team Member, Customer Team Leader, Helpdesk Claims Assistant and more. 

Employee Intelligence

“Friendly, happy, good environment to work in.” - Customer Service Representative, Edinburgh

4. Itsu

Employer Overview

Itsu has huge global ambitions. Already a leading wholesale business in Europe, the company has committed to continue opening stores and intensifying the growth of its grocery arm. To further this expansion Itsu is looking for team members to join their stores across the country. 

Locations

Nationwide.

Vacancies 

Team Member, General Manager, Assistant General manager, Team Leader Service, Kitchen Manager and more. 

Employee Intelligence

“Training academy is provided, good benefits, 50% staff discount and free staff meals.” - Team Member

Employer Overview

Spread across the UK and Ireland, the Doyle Collection is a chain of family-owned luxury and urban hotels. Each hotel has a strong identity connected to the location and its culture, which helps to enhance the guest experience. Ahead of the busy summer season, the Doyle Collection is looking for both front and back of house staff across all locations. 

Locations

Bristol, Cork, Dublin and London.

Vacancies 

Night Receptionist, Reservations Agent, Receptionist, Concierge, Breakfast Chef, Bar Back, Waiter, Doorman and more.

Employee Intelligence

“The culture that the management and staff have fostered makes the Bristol Hotel a really amazing place to work. Everyone is friendly and helpful and my managers were very accommodating and effective.” - Meeting and Events Assistant, Bristol

Employer Overview

The Lounges are informal, neighbourhood cafes and bars which are focused on providing all-day food for families, friends and locals. Current employees praise the workplace community and culture, a variety of positions across bar, restaurant and front of house are available.

Locations

Nationwide.

Vacancies 

Assistant Manager, Front of House Supervisor, Bar and Waiting Team, Kitchen Team, General Manager and more.

Employee Intelligence

“Great salary, friendly staff and team.” - Front of House, Brighton

Employer Overview

Pets at Home have ambitions of being the best pet care business in the world. To support their expansion, the company is hiring vets and retail staff en masse. With retail stores providing knowledge and customer service, veterinary services Vets4Pets and their Groom Rooms, Pets at Home support customers’ pet needs across the UK while providing staff with in-depth training and the resources to deliver. 

Locations

Nationwide.

Vacancies 

Dog Groomer, Salon Manager, Retail Staff, Pet Health Advisor, Veterinary Care Assistant, Client Care Advisor and more.

Employee Intelligence

“Great company to work for who focus on wellbeing (pet and employee) and drive to motivate their workforce into being their best possible selves. They have unlocked the power of great motivated teams to benefit as a company.” - Current Employee, Handforth

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