Specsavers Cottingham has revealed it is recruiting for over half a dozen local positions at all levels of the business and is calling on local East Riding residents to come forward for consideration.

The announcement of the store launch, which is expected to open in early 2022, follows a significant rise in demand for eye and hearing care across the region, after successive lockdowns.

Following the easing of restrictions, and with large numbers of customers postponing tests during the pandemic, the new store has been created to accommodate the increased demand.

As well as clinical vacancies for registered optometrists and audiologists, the business is also recruiting for non-clinical vacancies – including retail, store management and apprenticeship roles – which don’t require any previous optical experience.

Despite reports from the British Chamber of Commerce predicting continued volatility and precarity for those working in the wider retail sector, the new store director said there was a broad spectrum of roles available for local people, with training provided at all levels.

David Proudfoot, says: ‘We’ve experienced a real bounce back in trade across the region, so we’re really pleased to be in a position to create these new roles.

‘We would love people to consider a career with us, even if it means doing something completely different to what they are used to, as we have such a broad spectrum of roles available and provide training at all levels.’

The pandemic has proved especially difficult for retail workers, with thousands of jobs lost since the first lockdown last March. Two-thirds of those who lost their job were under 251, but David is keen to highlight age and experience isn’t an object for the range of new roles on offer.

He adds: ‘As well as those with many years of clinical experience under their belt, we’re really keen to be talking to people from all backgrounds and ages, so if they would be of interest to you or someone you know, please do get in touch.

‘At Specsavers we always strive to put the customer at the heart of everything that we do. Expanding our team will help us continue to do this. We know a lot of people have missed their eye tests during lockdown, so we would advise to book in to see us as soon as possible.’

Further details on the store launch will be revealed in the New Year.