The inside opinion from resourcing manager Sajida Akhtar

What makes the ideal Debenhams employee?

“In Debenhams you’ll meet friendly, welcoming people who care about staff’s well-being and will support staff development, but also expect them to be valuable members of the team.”

What sets Debenhams apart from its rivals?

“The culture and people. It’s exciting and challenging – you never get bored. It’s hard work but the people are great.”

How do you strive to retain your staff?

“Everyone plays a part in running the business at Debenhams and that effort and achievement is recognised. We’ll give staff the freedom to push themselves, create opportunities, suggest new ways of working and influence our business.”

How do you ensure your employees have a good work/life balance?

“Depending on the area and role they work in we may be able to offer a part-time contract or plan shifts and working hours to suit them.”

Founded In 1778 when William Clark established a drapers store in London’s West End.

Based London

Number of staff 22,000

Number of stores 154 in the UK and Ireland and 50 internationally

Number of days’ holiday Up to 39 depending on length of service, which includes bank holidays. Staff can also buy and sell holiday

Key employee benefits A staff discount, pension contributions, an interest-free loan for travel and a childcare payment scheme. It also has an online benefits site, offering savings on travel, hotels, gyms, theatre, CDs and DVDs, books, and similar