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Next rubbishes international recruitment claims

Next has refuted accusations it parachuted in hundreds of Polish staff to work in its Yorkshire warehouse ahead of advertising the job to local workers. 

The Daily Mirror cited claims from a former employee the Next had hired 240 Eastern European recruits to work in the warehouse throughout the Christmas shopping and January Sales period. While the positions were advertised in the UK via Next’s website, in Jobcentres, on recruitment websites and on the radio, they appeared on the website of Polish agency Flamejobs almost a week earlier.

Next responded by saying it needed the additional time to bring people over from the continent. Workers who go through Flame must also pass a basic English test before being put forward for any job, which can cause a delay.

A spokesperson told Drapers: “Next isn’t hiding anything; every year, twice a year, we require around 840 extra staff for the busy periods. The notion that these workers cost Next less is rubbish. The cost is the same, which is minimum wage. The temporary workers also receive up to 60% of their wage as a bonus.”

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