John Lewis on the hunt for 30 IT recruits

John Lewis is recruiting 30 IT specialists, with various roles up for grabs

John Lewis is to open its doors to 30 new IT employees as part of a wider investment plan. The business plans to take on over 50 IT recruits by the end of this year.

Various IT roles are up for grabs, including project managers, business analysts, systems analysts, solutions architects and developers. The chosen candidates will join a 280-strong team.

The successful candidates will become John Lewis partners and will have access to further education support.

The retailer is extending its use of IT throughout its stores and online to include "click and collect", kiosks and using iPads in store. A new IT strategy will include integrated customer-facing platforms, back-office systems and databases to enable staff to see customers making orders through a selection of purchase routes, including Facebook, Twitter and its online shop. 

Depending on the candidates background, IT opportunities are available in several departments, including supply chain and distribution, management information/datawarehouse, buying and merchandising, customer relationship management, e-commerce and branch selling.

John Lewis Recruitment Manager Owen Roberts said: “Technology has been identified as one of the most important drivers of our business growth.

“We are now looking for talented IT professionals to join our team and help us take multi-channel retail to the next level, cementing our reputation as an industry leader.”

John Lewis is not the only retailer to adapt stores to iPads use. Fashion retailer Aurora – which includes Coast, Oasis, Warehouse and Karen Millen – recently provided its sales safe with iPads in its London branches. The iPads are enabling staff to access the shops’ websites to check online availability for customers. Fashion house Burberry also recently upped its web IT strategy by rolling out a SAP platform to support its supply chain.

Budget 2012 and job creation in the private sector

In further news in response to the announcements made by George Osborne in the Budget, this week, Charles McIntosh, business development manager of Reed Technology, welcomed many of the Chancellor’s plans for the private sector in terms of job creation.

McIntosh said: “Looking at the UK jobs market as a whole, job creation is an essential part of a strong economy, with business confidence and optimism vital in securing continued employment opportunities. Measures like reducing corporation tax and simplifying the tax system for small firms will therefore be welcomed by employers.”

“For the technology sector in particular, the news that the government plans to help the UK become Europe's technology centre through tax relief for the video games, animation and high-end television production sectors, will be welcome for employers.”  

Reed recently surveyed UK employers across all market sectors and found two fifths were concerned about losing talent from their organisation. According to the research, one in five businesses are worried about talent migrating to other sectors or other countries.

McIntosh said the announcement made in the Budget, about the 50p top rate of tax being cut to 45p and personal income tax allowance being raised to just over £9,000, is good news for UK employers.

“Not only will it help make people better off, but it will also make the UK a more attractive place for businesses, retaining and attracting top talent,” he said.

The monthly Reed job index, published this February, revealed a rise in new jobs was at a two year high and that salaries are returning to the levels that they were in 2009.

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