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J D Wetherspoon


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J D Wetherspoon - often shortened to the more familiar sounding “Wetherspoon’s” - has become a regular part of the pub scene in towns and cities all over the United Kingdom.

Wetherspoon’s was created in the late 1970s by ex-University of Nottingham student and qualified barrister, Tim Martin, when he was a mere 24 years of age. He named the company in ironic honour of one of his childhood teachers who had said he would never make it in business.

The first pub was opened at Colney Hatch Lane in Muswell Hill, London during 1979 and was called Marler’s Bar. Martin continued to open new pubs in an ever increasing circle and the Wetherspoon’s brand has since blossomed into a chain of over 850 pubs. Tim Martin still owns around a quarter of the company to this day.

Finances have been strong at Wetherspoon’s, even during recessions. Annual turnover can be approach £2,000 million and generate profits of over £40 million.

Wetherspoon’s is also a prolific employer in the United Kingdom, with over 25,000 people having some form of job at the company.

They have a good record on training and retaining young people, so Wetherspoon’s could be a great way into not just a bit of flexible work, but a long term career in the pub industry. One of their pub managers started out at Wetherspoon’s as a pub cleaner, so opportunities to climb up through the system are certainly available.

The company has a dedicated apprenticeship scheme for kitchen staff and has supported over 300 students to degree level whilst they’ve been in their employ.

Both full and part time work is available at many Wetherspoon’s pubs, so you could easily pick up some flexible work within a stones throw of where you are studying. Positions vary from pub to pub, but you could find work as a bartender, kitchen hand, chef, barista or cleaner at your local. If accommodation is on offer, then there might also be vacancies for hotel receptionists or housekeepers.

If you prove your worth, then you could soon be managing your own team in the kitchen or behind the bar at a Wetherspoon’s pub.

Since you will usually be front of house in any of these sorts of roles at Wetherspoon’s you will need to be the sort of person who is friendly, outgoing and generally good all round with all kinds of different people.

If you are based near Watford in Hertfordshire then you could also apply for support roles at Wetherspoon’s head office. Departments that students and graduate might work in at the so-called ‘Wethercentre’ in Watford include Finance, HR, Property, IT, Operations and Retail.

Some of the benefits of working at J D Wetherspoon include competitive pay, a childcare voucher scheme, discounts on pub grub and a generous holiday allowance.

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