John Lewis eyes 500 new IT workers

John Lewis has vowed to go on an IT spending spree in 2016, amid plans to hire 500 technology workers and invest the same amount – in millions – in its online platforms.

Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, the retailer said it had already increased its IT investment six-fold over the last six years, and has had to treble the size of its IT workforce as a result.

Adding the 500 techies to its London nerve centre will swell IT headcount to 2,000. This total includes new hires via offshore contractors, said John Lewis managing director Andy Street.

Outlining his three-year IT plans, Mr Street said they would include state-of-the-art warehousing and £500m in IT to improve systems; forward planning and shopper analysis.

The aim is a “seamless journey” for John Lewis customers, who helped drive online sales in the week to Dec 5th this year versus last year up 13.6%. Total sales last year were £4.1bn.

Dec 14, 2015