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Pret A Manger To Fill 500 New Jobs This Year

22 Apr 2013

Pret A Manger To Fill 500 New Jobs This Year

Pret A Manger has announced that it will create 500 new full or part time jobs in the UK during the course of 2013. Worldwide, the sandwich and salad retailing chain says it will advertise up to 1,000 new job vacancies at its company this year.

Pret A Manger has posted strong results recently, with both sales and profits up 17 per cent. The company netted over £60 million in profits on a turnover of £440 million last year. It now hopes to back up the surge with 50 new outlets around the world in 2013.

The company started UK operations in London in 1986 and now has outlets in France, Hong Kong and the United States. Its tuna baguette has just taken over from the club sandwich as its most popular sandwich amongst customers in the UK.

Pret A Manger currently trades from over 320 stores in the United Kingdom, but has received some criticism for not employing enough British people in its stores.

Responding to London Mayor Boris Johnson’s comments that Pret A Manger and similiar firms were not employing enough ‘native Londoners’, Clive Schlee, chief executive of Pret A Manger, told the BBC recently: “We've responded to a lot of criticism. It depends on what market you're talking about. Outside London, Pret is predominantly British. Inside London it's a much more cosmopolitan economy and our staff reflect the nature of the people in London.”

Mr Schlee said that his company was now employing 15 per cent more British citizens than it did twelve months ago and hopes to expand the school-leaver programme it started last year so that more British youngsters can be brought into work at Pret A Manger.

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