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400 temporary jobs created in Carlisle for Christmas

More than 400 temporary jobs will be created in Carlisle over Christmas as companies recruit seasonal employees.

A new cafe, charity shop and a pop up Christmas shop will also open shortly providing a boost to the retail trade.

Cavaghan & Gray at Durranhill, which makes party food for companies including Marks and Spencer, is looking to recruit about 300 new employees before Christmas.

Andrew Hanson, spokesman for the firm’s parent company, 2 Sisters Food Group, said: “We don’t know exact numbers just yet but typically we would be looking at 250 to 300 seasonal staff to help manage some of the chilled party food that we produce at Cavaghan & Gray.

“The total number of staff in the run up to Christmas will move from roughly 1,000 to 1,250-1,300.”

McVities biscuit factory in Caldewgate is expected to recruit about 100 new temporary staff to handle its Christmas production.

Supermarkets including Asda and Tesco are also likely to take on staff but exact numbers are not yet known.

A spokeswoman for Asda, which has two stores in Carlisle, said: “We are still working through the numbers, but expect a small number of temp jobs will be available.”

Meanwhile, staff at Tesco’s city centre store are currently working at its larger Rosehill shop while a refurbishment is carried out. A spokesman said: “We recently invested in additional staff across the shop floor, specifically on fruit, veg, meat and poultry.

“We are still working on the refurbishment of the city centre Metro and staff from this branch are working at our Rosehill store. Until this returns to normal we cannot be sure exactly how many extra staff we will need.”

The city centre Tesco is due to reopen in November.

Debenhams, which has a store in The Lanes is recruiting 24 Christmas temps.

Marks and Spencer, which has stores in Carlisle and Workington, will recruit for the festive season but a spokeswoman said: “We have no idea on figures yet.”

The situation at Morrisons supermarket, which has stores in Carlisle and Penrith, said: “We are not the same as other supermarkets. We don’t take on seasonal staff, instead we offer the extra hours to our employees and they usually say yes. They like it because they can use the extra cash at that time of year.”

And Peter Gardner, general manager of the Gretna Gateway Outlet Village, said: “As an outlet village, our Christmas trading patterns are slightly different to most town centres.

“As a result, most of our stores tend to extend the hours for their existing staff, rather than taking on additional employees while a few do take on extra staff specifically for Christmas.

“We are, however, hoping to announce some further new store openings this week which will create additional permanent jobs at Gretna Gateway.

“Five new stores have already opened here this year [Puma Outlet, Berghaus, Body Shop Outlet, Clarks Outlet and Pagazzi Lighting] bringing 40 jobs to Gretna Gateway and the further new openings could also add another 15 or so new jobs as well.”

A new cafe, called The Olive Tree, is opening in the former Bloomsbury cafe and florists on Bank Street in Carlisle. And next door, Carlisle and Eden Mind is also opening its first charity shop in the city in the former Image Menswear shop.

Gift store Alternative is opening a pop-up Christmas shop on English Street for a second year running.

The new Alternative Christmas shop is opening in a former opticians on English Street, near the Crown and Mitre Hotel, this month.

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Did you know that despite all the various 'cuts', employment in Carlisle is higher than at the General Election in 2010, and is not far off the very peak from 2007 pre crash?

Posted by Bob on 21 November 2012 at 09:20

Hi looking for work in the driving industry if anyone can help would be very grateful

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