IKEA PH to hire 500 workers

Published November 19, 2020, 3:19 PM

by Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat

IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishing retailer, said it is hiring 496 workers for its first store in the Philippines in Pasay City, which is touted to be the largest IKEA store globally. There are also many open posts for part-timers.

In a statement, the company said it is looking to fill a wide range of vacancies—including sales associates, recovery associates, food assistants, customer service associates and more.

The IKEA Pasay City store will also run a Call Centre operation and a supersized warehouse to support ecommerce fulfillment. The online store will open before the physical store in the second quarter 2021.

The newcomers will join a team of 73 people already working for IKEA in its Makati office as well as a project office at the Pasay construction site. 

As part of its recruitment drive, IKEA will be bringing home 20 OFWs from IKEA stores abroad — primarily from the Middle East.

“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 fulfil this vision – more important than ever during these challenging times,” said Christian Rojkjaer, Managing Director IKEA Southeast Asia & Mexico, owner of IKEA stores in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines and Mexico.

Georg Platzer, Market Development Manager and Store Manager of IKEA Philippines, noted that the IKEA culture and values makes it different from other retailers. At IKEA, he said, co-workers at all levels are encouraged to lead, ask questions, share ideas and drive the business.

There are endless possibilities to grow and develop as co-workers take charge of their own learning journey and move across functions.  Part-timers are treated like full-time members of the family, with all the same benefits as full-timers on a prorated basis – including health insurance, annual leave, subsidised meals and IKEA discounts.

Platzer said they are looking for employees with the right attitude. “At IKEA, it’s all about putting we before me, empowering people to make decisions, and challenging the status quo,” he said.

“Family is very important to us, and we’re glad that we’re able to reunite some of our Filipino co-workers with their families in the Philippines,” said Platzer.

According to the company, throughout the pandemic, IKEA’s Southeast Asia and Mexico has retained all its co-workers, despite closures of up to 73 days. The company will continue filling local positions into June 2021.