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IKEA is hiring nearly 500 workers for first-ever Philippines store

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The Swedish furniture-maker IKEA is currently looking to hire nearly 500 employees for its first Philippine store in Pasay City which is said to be the world’s largest store of the company that will occupy 65,000 square meters, roughly the size of 150 basketball courts.

On Thursday, the furnishing retailer announced that 496 positions are currently available and are to be filled up until June 2021. Details of which are posted on the IKEA Philippines website.

Among the vacancies are sales associates, recovery associates, food assistants, and customer service associates, according to the company’s press release. IKEA Philippines also has several posts open for part-timers, it added.

The new hires will be working either at the Makati office or the project office at the Pasay construction site.

“The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. Creating meaningful, stable jobs and great workplaces is just one way that we fulfill this vision – more important than ever during these challenging times,” Christian Rojkjaer, managing director of IKEA Southeast Asia & Mexico, said in an emailed statement.

Just last month, IKEA said it will start online operations ahead of the opening of its physical store scheduled in 2021.

The company has inked an agreement with SM Investments Corp. to lease out a 65,000 square meter area in the Mall of Asia complex in Pasay City. It will also target more than 5 million households within 60 minutes distance.

Founded in Sweden, IKEA is said to be the world’s largest home furnishing retailer with over 400 stores in 50 countries across the globe.

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