Despite UK unemployment figures standing at 2.65million1, eBay last night announced that the war for talent is still well and truly on as the company plans to recruit thousands of people globally
over the next three years as it seeks to redefine commerce.
The announcement was made by the company as it accepted its award in London as one of this year’s Best Workplaces in the UK by The Great Place to Work® Institute.
Widely acknowledged as a key barometer of an economic downturn, the retail industry is on the cusp of a further technological revolution, with new third wave technologies set to give a potential direct boost of £2.4bn to the industry by 2014.2
Future adoption of these new retail technologies, including augmented reality, image recognition and smart devices have led to a renewed focus by the company to attract top talent and bolster its marketing, technology and payments teams to enable retail businesses to succeed in this new digital age.
Aileen O’Toole, HR Director for eBay Europe commented: “We’re delighted that both eBay employees and The Institute have recognised eBay Inc. as one of the best places to work in the UK. We will continue to make eBay an inspiring and fun place to work and enable our people to innovate and be an integral part of the changing face of commerce.
“We’re not resting on our laurels as the war for talent heats up. As an enabler of commerce, eBay Inc. is recruiting across many disciplines for individuals to provide better insight, innovation and specialist knowledge to empower retail businesses to succeed in this new multi-channel age.”
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- Founded in 1999, eBay is the UK’s largest online shopping destination, providing a platform for over 17m unique visitors per month to buy and sell new, unique and used items in a fun and easy way.
- eBay has around 40 million live listings on the UK site, with fixed price goods accounting for the majority (61%) of items sold globally.
- Sellers of all sizes, including 180,000 registered businesses and over 100 well-known brands and retailers use eBay to reach the UK’s largest online shopping audience.
- eBay in the UK is owned by eBay Inc, which has expanded to include a range of brands that help consumers find and purchase the goods they want including eBay, PayPal, Shopping.com, RedLaser, Milo and others.
The Great Place to Work® Institute UK
The Great Place to Work® Institute UK is part of the world's largest consultancy specialising in workplace assessment and enhancement. Every year Great Place to Work® surveys some 5,500 organisations around the world representing around 10 million employees. This gives us unrivalled insight into what makes an organisation’s employees tick and how leaders can improve their business performance by understanding and improving their workplace culture.