Gap to employ 63000 new staff for the festive season


Clothing retailer Gap have revealed plans to create 63,000 new jobs for the festive season, which will be dispersed throughout the company including the e-commerce site. 2014 marks the first year Gap have made public their winter hiring figures. The exact amount makes a strong statement about holiday sales - The International Council of Shopping Centers predicted that shopping centre hiring would increase by 7.3 per cent and holiday sales by 4 per cent up to $488.6 – for the period that begins on Black Friday, the day following Thanksgiving.


Other brands that have revealed their holiday hiring statistics are Macy's – who plan to add around 86,000 staff to their team, and Kohl, who are looking at around 67,000 employees, up from 50,000 the year previous. United Parcel Service will take on an extra 90,000 – 95,000 to account for the delivery increase.

Gap have revealed poor sales in recent quarters, and reported that its chief executive is to step down from the role in 2015. The retailer experienced flat sales in September, and a 3 per cent decline in same-store sales. Company stock has dropped by 6 per cent.

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