IT seems that the lure of temporary festive work in the major stores has resulted in lots of applicants having to be turned away.
Peter Beckett, the manager of the Asda store in Enniskillen told the Herald that between 200-300 people had applied for the 30 temporary jobs available.
A spokesman for Dunnes Stores in Enniskillen said it had already taken on 11 people, mostly on temporary contracts, to cope with the expected upsurge demand in the run-up to and over the Christmas period.
The store manager, Conor Byrne explained that the extra staff were currently spread over all three departments, grocery, fashions and the Timepiece Restaurant.
“It will depend on business after Christmas if they will stay on”, he added.
And, at Marks and Spencer in Erneside Shopping Centre, some 15 temporary staff have been taken on.
Its spokesman said she expected them to be there until the start of January.
“The 15 include people we have called back from last year.”
Peter Beckett of Asda said he expected to hold on to some of the 30 extra staff in the New Year.
“It depends on trade but, at the moment, we are finding that the cross-border trade is on the up. Beers, wines and spirits are more expensive this year down south and that’s driving some extra business.
“And we are also finding that the euro is stronger this year than last year, which means southern shoppers get a better deal.”
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