Manchester-based tech business THG is to create a further 500 permanent jobs across its business in the North West of England by the end of the year, as it approaches its peak trading period.

The majority of positions will be in the Group’s technology services division, THG Ingenuity, which has seen rapid growth in demand over the past 12 months, as an increasing number of businesses look to diversify and enhance their direct-to-consumer capabilities.

Matthew Moulding, Founder, CEO and Chairman of THG: “It is an uncertain time for many people and businesses alike. This uncertainty has led to an unprecedented opportunity for THG to add to our exceptionally talented workforce. With our busiest trading period of the year approaching, we are excited to welcome 500 new starters ahead of Christmas.

“Our headquarters are in Manchester, and this recruitment drive will create sustainable and rewarding jobs for people across the North West, and will provide opportunities for all ages, backgrounds and abilities. There has never been a greater or more important time to invest in the people of Greater Manchester and the surrounding area.”

THG is also working with local partners to launch an in-house Skills Academy, to retrain people who are out of work as a result of the ongoing pandemic and offer them sustainable employment.

Currently THG employs more than 8,000 people across its global offices and fulfilment centres, adding more than 2,000 new employees over the past year. Since the beginning of the year, THG has seen more than 200 graduates and 120 apprentices join the business.

It plans to more than triple the intake in 2021 across all areas of THG, including Technology, Customer Service, Finance and Operations.