HALFORDS has created 1,100 temporary jobs during the festive season after seeing a surge in demand for bikes.
In its latest company results, Halfords reported an 148% increase in online sales, including a 184% rise in sales of electric bikes.
The temporary jobs are in addition to the recruitment of a wide range of permanent service-related jobs across Halford’s stores, Autocentres and mobile vans.
Halfords said the roles are customer service jobs in Halfords retail stores.
They involve to working up to 20 hours a week between now and until the end of Christmas week.
Of the cycling demand, Paul Tomlinson, cycling director at Halfords, said: “There has been huge interest in cycling this year as the public seek alternatives to public transport and as a way of keeping fit.
“As a result we’ve seen a massive surge in demand and sales of bikes and cycling products.
“We have had tens of thousands of customers on waiting lists for deliveries and this has continued beyond the traditional summer peak, particularly for adult bikes as lockdown continues.
“Kids’ and junior bikes also appear to be one of the most wanted Christmas presents this year.
“We’ve also seen e-bikes perform particularly well as many discover the benefits of a battery-powered bike ride.”
Earlier this year, the Government also launched a voucher scheme to encourage people to get out riding during the pandemic.
There are 500,000 £50 vouchers available, with the coupons given out in stages on a first come, first served basis.
The first round of 50,000 vouchers were released at the end of July and they went within hours.
Last week, a further 50,000 were released in a second batch.
Halfords, much like many chain and independent bicycle stores, is taking part in the drive.
If you want to apply for a job, the best thing to do is to visit Halfords’ careers website.
We’ve asked Halfords what jobs are on offer and what the pay rate is and we will update this article when we hear back.
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