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New graduate positions in the retail sector

Published: Wednesday, 18 April 2012   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

The UK retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) has opened up 200 graduate retail opportunities for next year. Applications are already open which means only one question remains, do you fancy a career in the retail industry?

Graduates considering a position within M&S have a number of different options to choose from. The retailer is hoping to recruit 140 students into graduate jobs in both their London head office and the remainder of their 300 stores throughout the UK.

On top of this, M&S will also offer 60 one-year work experience placements with the company for undergraduate students. Last year, 4 out of every 5 students who undertook that placement as part of their degree course were offered a graduate role upon finishing their studies.

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Graduate jobs and internship applications will be open until December this year and the selected graduates will begin their careers with M&S in September 2012.

The retailer is offering graduate starting salaries that can range between £23,500 and £28,000. The students taking place in their one year placement will also receive payment of between £16,500 and £19,500.

Among other opportunities, the M&S Graduate Programme includes jobs in Retail Management, Fashion Design, IT Logistics and Food Technology, amongst other opportunities. The retailer said last year that over 11,000 students applied for their graduate roles.

“Our Graduate and BPP schemes provide us with a pipeline of new and exciting talent, enabling us to develop the next generation of retail stars,” said Kay Jones-Wolsey, Head of Recruitment at Marks & Spencer.

Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and John Lewis are other retailers that recently announced graduate vacancies.

Tesco said it will take on a total of 440 graduates across 17 different schemes. Waitrose stated it would open 39 new shops in 2011, creating 3,000 jobs – including graduate roles.

Sainsbury’s announced the re-launch of their Trainee Manager Scheme and John Lewis will also rely heavily on graduates for their own trainee schemes.

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