Three firms have recruitment drives for permanent positions

Amazon has started recruiting the first of more than 1,000 permanent jobs planned for its new fulfilment centre in Darlington.

Ahead of the centre’s opening next year, jobs in HR, IT, finance, operations and engineering are already open for applications, according to Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen. 

Stefano Perego, Amazon’s vice president of UK customer fulfilment, said: “We are excited to start the New Year with a recruitment drive for 1,000 new permanent roles in Darlington, with competitive wages and comprehensive benefits starting on day one.”

Elsewhere, Holmesterne Foods, a food manufacturing company based in North Yorkshire, has expanded its product range and created new jobs after securing six-figure funding.

Richmond-based firm Holmesterne Foods has received a £250k investment from NPIF – Mercia Debt Finance, managed by Mercia and part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund. As a result of the funding, the firm has increased the workforce at its Brompton site by six people, as well as creating 14 new jobs at its expanded Leeming Bar facility.

Meanwhile there is also good news on the jobs front in Ireland, where hardware retailer Screwfix is planning to open up to 40 new stores, creating 400 jobs.

The new roles will be in a variety of areas, including service assistants, supervisors and retail management, as the firm officially opens its first shops in Ireland, located in Sandyford and Swords in Dublin, and also Waterford. A fourth store will open in Ennis, Co Clare early next year.

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