Hundreds apply for Seaham vacancies within 48 hours of new jobs announcement

Hundreds of people applied for new jobs within 48 hours of a company announcing that it is doubling its workforce.

Thursday, 20th August 2020, 7:00 am

Seaham-based Great Annual Savings Group (GAS), which secures cost savings to more than 10,000 businesses nationwide, last week revealed plans to take on 300 employees by quadrupling its footprint at the town’s Spectrum Business Park.

With the roles – which include admin, sales, marketing, executive chefs, gym staff, IT, customer services and apprenticeships – being filled in phases, the firm has revealed that more than 200 people have already applied for the initial vacancies.

GAS head of resource and talent Victoria Walton said: “We have been inundated with applicants, which is very encouraging to see.

The GAS management team. From left to right, Matt Herrell, group finance director, Victoria Walton, head of resource and talent, Robbie Shearer, associate director, UKI field, Judith Bennison, group HR Director, Brad Groves, chief executive, Mark Jones, associate director, UKI enterprise, Craig Shields, head of quality and risk, and Phil Andrew, associate director, UKI corporate.

“A lot of people have contacted us to say they would like to work for us and want to know if we will be creating roles within their area of expertise as part of the expansion.

“We have some really exciting and unusual job roles available at present, including roles focused entirely on our colleagues’ work-life balance.

“We are also working through a huge volume of sales role applications.

"We have had people sign up for our vacancy alerts as well as direct applications, which shows that the kind of careers we offer here are appealing.”

Brad Groves, the chief executive and chairman of Great Annual Savings.

GAS, which moved to the business park in 2015, is taking another floor within its existing Spectrum 6 home while also opening a Spectrum 7 office nearby.

Its increased space, which will eventually measure 80,000 square feet, will potentially allow it to employ more than 1,000 people in a “covid-compliant, socially-distant working environment”.

The £3m expansion, which will see Spectrum 7 become its new headquarters, is due to be completed by the end of the year.

Facilities will include a fully-subsidised gym, e-gaming zone, zen rooms and catering area.

The building that Great Annual Savings will expand in to.

Chief executive Brad Groves said last week: "We have invested further to go above and beyond the government’s workplace guidelines for safety and are only bringing staff back into the workplace when the time is right.”

Spectrum developer Paul Wellstead added: “GAS is now the biggest employer in Seaham and has played a fundamental role in the area’s regeneration."

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