Posted 19th May

Ikea to create 1,300 new jobs

By KBBDaily on 19th May 2017 - 15:46pm

Swedish furniture giant Ikea is set to create more than 1,300 new retail jobs by the end of 2018 as part of its ongoing expansion plans in the UK and Ireland, bringing its total number of retail workers in the country to around 11,700.

The announcement came as the company commenced construction of its 21st UK store in Exeter, which will create 350 new jobs when it opens next summer. Ikea will also open a new Sheffield store later this year, creating 480 new jobs, as well as a Greenwich store with 500 new jobs.

Ikea UK & Ireland country retail manager Gillian Drakeford, pictured right, and Ikea Exeter store manager Nick Earle, left, led the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Exeter store earlier this week. “As we mark the construction of our new Exeter store, we’re pleased to announce the creation of over 1,300 new jobs in the UK by the end of 2018,” said Drakeford.

“This year we are celebrating IKEA’s 30th anniversary in the UK, and we are seeing more demand from customers for more stores in areas closer to where they live. We're pleased that our three new stores opening in 2017 and 2018 will make us more accessible to the many people and continue to offer our inspirational home furnishing solutions at affordable prices.”


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