Real Hypermarket to recruit over 1,000 new staff in 2009

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Real Hypermarket retail chain, part of the Metro Group, plans to recruit over 1,000 people this year, to support the opening of four hypermarkets, said the company’s Human Resource (HR) Manager, Liliana Simion, quoted by Business Standard daily.

The opening, at the beginning of April this year, of the second Real hypermarket in Constanta (south-east), created 300 new jobs. According to the company representatives, hypermarkets are going to be opened both in Bucharest, within Cotroceni Retail Park complex, and in the province.

„Given the current economic-financial context, with frequent restructuring, the number of potential applicants will rise. However, I do not expect to see major changes in terms of the number of specialists, this being a challenge for the entire retail industry’, the company official said.

According to her, the number of specialists is very low compared to demand on the job market, because there is a gap between the alignment of the educational system and the market’s real requirements. At the same time salary raises at the retail segment level is likely to be in step with inflation rate, according to signals on the market.

Staff fluctuation is following a downward trend, even though on certain segments it stays at the same level as in 2008, when it hovered around 20-30 percent.

The company has not proceeded to cuts at the level of benefits on the backdrop of the economic crisis, still offering to its employees meal vouchers, transport, access to specialized medical services.

The latest hypermarket was opened in Constanta, the 21st within the chain and representing an investment of 21.5 million euros.
Real Hypermarket Romania posted in 2008 a net turnover of 2.35 billion lei (638 million euros), a 92 percent annual rise compared to receipts of 1.22 billion lei (367 million euros) in 2007.

The company’s direct competitors include Carrefour, Auchan, Kaufland, Cora, and Pic.

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