Primark is one of the UK’s retail success stories. Rapid expansion has seen the retailer emerge from the unknown into one of the leading high street names, offering up-to-date fashion for women, men and children at incredibly low prices.
Before we start, we should let you know that anyone over 16 years old can apply for Primark jobs!
How many stores does Primark have in the UK?
The company has 400 stores across the country.
How many employees does Primark have?
Primark has over 70,000 employees!
Exciting job opportunities with Primark exist in locations throughout the UK and whether you are looking for a full-time or part-time position it is likely you will find a vacancy suited to your needs.
Thanks to continued growth and profitability Primark is actively recruiting staff to work in a variety of roles, from Store Managers to assistants, professional specialist head office staff and fashion-focused buyers. Primark offers a working environment that is fast-paced, modern, lively and challenging and the rewards are there for the right candidates.
Primark Store Roles
Primark may be dedicated to being a low-cost retailer, but the low prices bear no reflection on the calibre of the workforce. Primark will only employ bright and articulate individuals to work within its stores. You must be well presented and have a friendly and positive attitude, coupled with the desire and motivation to work hard and succeed.
Llanelli, Exeter, West Bromwich, Milton Keynes, Ilford, Peterborough, Meadowhall and Oxford Street stores are always looking to recruit more talented people to join them.
Primark are focused on internal promotion and development, so if you secure a job with Primark, no matter how junior it is, you will have the chance to work towards a more senior role.
If you want to work within a Primark store you must possess the following qualities:
- Good communication skills and full understanding of the English language, both written and spoken
- 2 years of previous work experience in a busy retail environment
- Ability to work in a team
- Qualified to GCSE level or above
- Rights to work in the UK
Primark Store Manager Roles
Primark depends on the efforts of its store management teams to keep each store running profitably. The retailer is currently recruiting managers across a variety of locations and at varying levels.
Primark managers are given responsibility at an early stage in their careers. It gives the employee the chance to show they can meet the challenges ahead of them. From Management Trainee to Store Manager, each position is backed by a full training programme and the support of regional managers and supervisors. The new manager will be given an induction into each area of the business including stock room training, sales floor training and HR training. Formal training is also provided, covering management skills, health and safety and leadership.
Training provided by Primark for all managers is generally considered to be more comprehensive than training provided by some rival retailers. Working as a manager with Primark, therefore, gives the candidate a great wealth of great experience, which can prove useful for both internal and external career progression.
To apply for a managerial position with Primark you should meet the following criteria:
- Have 3 years of supervisory experience in retail or 2 years experience in fashion retail
- You must have good commercial awareness
- You should be educated to GCSE level or beyond in English and Maths
- You should be resourceful and enthusiastic
- You should be able to work under pressure both alone and as part of a team
A number of vacancies exist covering a variety of managerial levels. Details of the job description and salary can be found on the Primark website. If you do not see a suitable vacancy in a store near you then you can still apply speculatively. If your application is deemed suitable then you will be contacted when a vacancy arises.
Buying & Merchandising
Communications and PR
Ethical Trade and Environmental Sustainability
Marketing & Brand
New Business Development
People & Culture
Quality & Product Technology
Retail Assistants & Supervisors
Supply Chain & Warehousing
Primark Head Office Roles
The UK head office location for Primark is in Reading. Working within the head office of a busy retailer like Primark will give the successful candidate a great experience in fashion retailing. Comprehensive training is provided for all head office staff, allowing you to develop your career from within the organisation.
For many of the head office vacancies, candidates will be expected to hold academic qualifications ideally at a degree level. This is a demanding commercial environment, where good business knowledge is backed up by ambition and professionalism and only the very best candidates will be selected to join what is fast becoming one of the leading names on the UK high street. The salaries available for staff working within the head office vary by job type and position. They are very competitive and reflect the cost of living for both cities. Other benefits include a company pension scheme, flexible working patterns and a good holiday allowance. A bonus scheme is also in place for certain functions such as Buying.
How to apply
Primark used to accept printed job application forms and CVs however we are now in the internet age which makes things a lot easier for us to apply for a job. Some stores may still accept your CV however it’s best to give a visit to https://careers.primark.com/.