Retail Assistant, Center Parcs

£10.20 per hour

in Ireland

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Job description

€10.20 per hour

We’re a thriving team passionate about working together to deliver excellence, all in a natural forest environment.

Set in hundreds of acres of beautiful forest Longford Forest is the perfect place for a short break in Ireland, 365 days a year. With homely accommodation, up to 100 indoor and outdoor activities and a choice of bars and restaurants, there is something for all the family, all year round.

ABOUT THE ROLE

On a Center Parcs break we want our guests to relax knowing everything is taken care of. Our Retail department provides a fantastic shopping experience, from essential groceries to luxury items. Across the village there are a number of retail units, both own brand and concession units.

We are now looking for motivated, outgoing and service-orientated individuals to join the retail team.

Based in one of our own retail units, your duties will include; operating a till, replenishing stock and welcoming guests in a positive, friendly manner.

The ideal candidate will enjoy working in a guest facing role, have excellent communication skills and be comfortable working independently or as part of a team. You will be confident taking ownership of guest queries or issues, ensuring that they are served in a friendly and efficient manner.

ABOUT YOU

Whilst previous retail or customer service experience would be an advantage, full training will be provided for these roles so all that we ask is that you are a cheerful, friendly and approachable individual who will enjoy speaking with our guests and working with an amazing team.

Essential requirements:

  • Applicants must be over 18 years of age due to the sale of alcohol
  • Ability to perform under pressure
  • Physically capable of carrying out the demands of the role

Desirable requirements:

  • Experience of retail EPOS (Electronic Point of Sale)/Stock control systems

HOURS OF WORK

You will be contracted to work either 150 hours, 120 hours or 80 hours per 4-week period on a flexible basis, this means your days and hours of work could vary each week but you will always receive your contracted hours each period.

Your working hours will include a range of shifts, including; mornings, evenings, weekends, public / bank holidays and during Christmas and/or New Year on a rota basis, with a premium rate of pay for hours worked on a Sunday.

THE BENEFITS

Center Parcs is a fantastic place to work and the benefits are as impressive as they are unique. Here are just a few:

  • Management/Colleague Bonus Scheme
  • Pension Scheme with Life Assurance
  • Colleague Recognition and Reward Scheme – offering a choice of Center Parcs and High Street vouchers
  • Free use of our leisure facilities
  • Discounted Center Parcs breaks
  • 20% discount in our restaurant and retail outlets
  • An Employee Assistance Program - providing support on financial, health and legal matters
  • Excellent opportunities for career development and progression with the opportunity to gain externally recognised qualifications

If this sounds like your ideal job, then we’d love to see your application.

Closing date: 21 September 2021 at 12 Noon

Interviews to be held: W/C 20 September 2021

Please note this vacancy may close at any time once sufficient applications have been received. Early submission of your application is therefore encouraged.

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Our colleagues work together to make sure guests have a memorable and safe short break. We are committed to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our teams. Throughout the pandemic Center Parcs have adapted in line with Government guidance and we are doing everything we can to ensure our colleagues feel safe at work by focusing on additional training, health and well-being, hygiene and PPE.

How does the pay compare?

This job
£10.20
Typical range
£7.13–10.00

Retail and sales assistants are typically paid £7.13–10.00 an hour. This job pays £10.20 per hour.

How this job measures up

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  • Head office doesn’t understand the frontline

    Do people think Center Parcs head office understands what's happening where they work?

    Most people think head office doesn’t understand what’s happening where they work

    How we know this

    71% of people think that this employer’s head office or owners don’t have a good understanding of what’s really happening where they work

    Based on information from 48 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, the role of head office should be to support the people on the frontline serving customers.

    To do that properly, the company’s owners or head office need to have a good understanding of what’s really happening on the frontline. This is especially important when a company owns multiple locations.

  • Breaks aren’t paid

    Do workers at Center Parcs get paid breaks?

    Not always. Most people don’t get paid breaks

    How we know this

    67% of people say they don’t get paid breaks

    Based on information from 54 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should have paid breaks.

    You should be paid for all your time at work, whether you’re on a break or not.

  • People are not paid enough to live on

    Does Center Parcs pay enough to live on?

    Most people are not paid enough to live on

    How we know this

    56% of people say they are paid below the Real Living Wage for where they live

    Based on information from 50 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should be paid enough to live on.

    The Real Living Wage is a voluntary rate employers can sign up to that is based on the real cost of living.

    The Real Living Wage is currently £9.50 per hour, and £10.85 per hour in London.

  • Less than 4 weeks notice of shifts

    How much notice do people get of their shift pattern at Center Parcs?

    Most people don’t get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

    How we know this

    • 13% report getting one week notice or less
    • 18% report getting two weeks notice
    • 7% report getting three weeks notice
    • 42% report getting four weeks notice or more
    • 20% report having a fixed rota

    Based on information from 55 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you get plenty of notice about when you’re working.

    This makes it easy for you to plan the rest of life, as well as your finances, because you know how much you’ll be working and when.

Good
  • Easy to book holiday

    How easy is it to book a holiday at Center Parcs?

    Most people find it easy to book holidays

    How we know this

    68% of people report it’s easy to book holidays

    Based on information from 53 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should let you take time off when you need it, and it shouldn’t be a nightmare to arrange.

  • Easy to change shifts

    How easy is it for Center Parcs workers to change shifts?

    Most people find it easy to change shifts

    How we know this

    58% of people report that it’s easy to change shifts if they need to

    Based on information from 38 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job is flexible around your personal life. It should be easy to change a shift if you need to, whether that’s in an emergency or for planning ahead.

  • People enjoy their job

    Do people at Center Parcs enjoy their jobs?

    Most people enjoy their job

    How we know this

    57% of people report they enjoy their job

    Based on information from 14 job reviews

  • Good choice of shifts

    Do Center Parcs workers get to choose the shifts they work?

    Most people get enough choice over which shifts they work

    How we know this

    61% report that their manager gives them enough choice over which shifts they work

    Based on information from 51 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job is flexible around your personal life. This means you get a say in when you prefer to work.

  • People aren’t stressed

    Is it stressful to work at Center Parcs?

    Most people don’t feel stressed here

    How we know this

    54% of people say they don’t feel stressed at work

    Based on information from 52 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Work isn’t always easy, but if you’re frequently feel stressed, that’s not good.

    Your employer should support you with enough people and resources to get your job done without feeling overwhelmed.

  • Good for parents

    Is working at Center Parcs good if you have caring responsibilities?

    Most people say this is a good place to work if you care for a child or other relative

    How we know this

    71% of people who care for a child or other relative report this is a good place to work

    Based on information from 24 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Whether it’s looking after children or caring for a relative, a good job should support your responsibilities outside of work.

  • No short notice shift changes

    Do Center Parcs managers change shifts at short notice?

    Most managers don’t change people’s shifts at short notice

    How we know this

    75% of people say their manager doesn’t changes their shifts at the last minute

    Based on information from 55 job reviews

    Why this matters

    If your manager is often changing your shifts at short notice that’s a sign of poor planning. At a good job you won’t be messed around at the last minute.

  • People are paid market rates

    Does Center Parcs pay market rates?

    Most people are paid market rates

    How we know this

    54% of people are paid average or more than the typical pay for the type of work they do

    Based on information from 35 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Pay can vary a lot between types of job. Employers should be ensuring that the rates their staff are paid are in line with similar roles elsewhere.

  • Opportunities to progress

    Are people given support to progress at Center Parcs?

    Most people are given support to progress here

    How we know this

    In the last year, 53% of people report being given an opportunity to get better at their job, learn a new skill, learn to manage a team or get more responsibility in their role

    Based on information from 51 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should help you progress at work, if you want to. That might be supporting you to get better at the job you currently have, learn something new, manage a team or take on more responsibilities.

    This means you’ll be able to build on your skills and experience, and earn more money.

  • People get proper breaks

    Do people at Center Parcs get proper breaks?

    Most people get proper breaks

    How we know this

    67% of people report that they get to take proper breaks

    Based on information from 55 job reviews

    Why this matters

    When you take a break it should be a proper rest. It should last the full duration and you shouldn’t get pulled off it.

  • People recommend their team

    Do people at Center Parcs recommend working with their team?

    Most people recommend working with their team

    How we know this

    64% of people report that they would recommend working with their immediate team to a friend

    Based on information from 56 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job means enjoying the place where you work.

    The people you work with every day really matter. They can be the difference between a terrible day and a great one.

    If you’d recommend your team to a friend, this shows that something’s going right.

  • Managers are respectful

    Do people at Center Parcs feel treated by respect by their managers?

    Most people feel treated with respect by their managers

    How we know this

    67% of people say they’re treated with respect by their managers

    Based on information from 46 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get treated with respect by their managers. You shouldn’t feel discriminated against or bullied, and if you have a problem you should be able to speak to someone about it.

  • No unpaid extra work

    Do workers at Center Parcs do extra work that they don't get paid for?

    Rarely. Most people don’t do unpaid extra work

    How we know this

    71% of people report that they don’t do extra unpaid work

    Based on information from 56 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get paid for any extra work they do, even if it is outside your contracted hours. At a good job, you should be paid for all the time you spend at work.

  • Well informed about head office

    Do workers feel well informed about how Center Parcs is doing?

    Most people feel well informed about how the company is doing

    How we know this

    70% of people feel that they are kept well informed about how the company is doing as a whole

    Based on information from 54 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, there should be a supportive relationship between the people working on the frontline serving customers and the people who own the company or work in head office.

    You should be kept informed about how the company is doing as a whole, both in good times and when things get tough for the business.

Excellent
  • Easy to take sick leave

    How easy is it to take sick leave at Center Parcs?

    People find it easy to take sick leave

    How we know this

    87% of people report that it’s easy to take time off if they are sick

    Based on information from 53 job reviews

  • Enough training

    Do people get enough training when they start at Center Parcs?

    People get enough training when they start

    How we know this

    87% of people report they got enough training when they started working here

    Based on information from 54 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should give you good training when you start, not just drop you in at the deep end.

    This means that you’ll be happier and more productive from day one and shows that your employer values you.

    It’s also very important if your job involves anything that could be dangerous. Good training from the outset keeps you and your team safe.

  • People get sick pay

    Does Center Parcs pay sick pay?

    Yes. People get proper sick pay

    How we know this

    76% of people say they would get paid if they were sick but scheduled to work

    Based on information from 50 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone gets sick sometimes. You should be able to take time off without worrying.

    At a good job you should still get paid if you’re scheduled to work but can’t due to sickness. Your contract should say how many sick days you can take each year.

    This is more than the legal minimum, which says you should only get paid if you are unwell for 4 full days. See Citizens Advice for more details.

  • Good for students

    Is a Center Parcs job good for students?

    Students say this is a good place to work if you’re studying

    How we know this

    100% of students report this is a good place to work if you’re studying

    Based on information from 5 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should allow you to fit work around important things in your life, like studying.

    Life isn’t just about work. Good jobs make space for you to do well in both.

  • People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Do workers at Center Parcs worry about hours?

    People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    How we know this

    89% of people report they don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Based on information from 54 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting enough hours each week.

    A good job should guarantee you a minimum number of hours in a contract, if you want it.

    This makes it easier to plan your finances, because you know how much you’ll be earning.

What employees are saying about Center Parcs

  • Best thing

    The people I work with.the environment.

    Worst thing

    Can be stressful at times .fast pace

    6.4

    Employee, July 2021

  • Best thing

    The wild life

    Worst thing

    feeling rushed and being nagged at for not finishing on time

    7.2

    Employee, June 2021

  • Best thing

    Staff benefits

    Worst thing

    Lack of internal communication and salary for what we do

    7.0

    Employee, June 2021

  • Best thing

    The team I work on

    Worst thing

    Trying to get holidays booked

    8.1

    Employee, June 2021