Michael Hill has launched a massive recruitment drive for the upcoming Christmas period with the aim of hiring a total of 1,200 retail staff globally, with 580 new staff for Australia and 260 new staff in New Zealand.

Within Australia, there will be 160 jobs available in New South Wales, 130 in Victoria and Tasmania, 130 in Queensland, 100 in Western Australia, 40 in South Australia and 20 in the Northern Territory.

Michael Hill chief people officer, Jo Matthews said it is exciting to be able to provide 1,200 people the opportunity to join the jewelry chain.

“We have an incredibly diverse team and provide an environment that is inclusive of people from all kinds of backgrounds. Michael Hill has best-in-class training to onboard new team members to ensure they succeed,” she said.

“We are looking for people who want to create outstanding experiences for our customers in a professional environment working with a business who cares about their team and community.”

The overwhelming majority of Michael Hill employees (85%) feel a sense of personal accomplishment from their work and would recommend Michael Hill to others as a great place to work, according to a recent Employee Engagement Survey via global experience management software provider, Qualtrics.

Employees have access to several benefits when working at Michael Hill including the ability to participate in a generous incentive program, allowing them to earn their base payrate along with sales incentives.

Alongside this, seasonal casuals have access to generous team member discounts after the first month, market-leading training and development, and the opportunity for career progression if desired.

“Last year, we were able to offer one in four of our seasonal team members the opportunity to continue in an ongoing position with us. As a global business that is performing exceptionally well, we are proud of our team and of our ability to provide more than a thousand employment opportunities for people during these challenging times,” Matthews added.