Halfords, or Halfords Group Plc (LSE: HFD) as it is appropriately known, sells bicycles, SatNav and car parts and accessories throughout the UK and Ireland. It had attendance in Poland and the Czech Republic but announced early last year that those stores would be closed.
The company, which represents the first port of call for most people looking for accessories or a new bicycle, was founded in 1892 by Frederick Rushbrooke in Birmingham and was originally a wholesale blacksmith. Ten years later, he moved the store to Halford Street in Leicester, giving the company its name and, by starting to sell bicycles, an essential part of its core business.
As of last year, Halfords had 462 stores with a total turnover of £ 810 million, with a total profit of £ 104 million (an impressive 12.8%).
Job applications are made online (by looking for a specific vacancy) if you are looking for a management position, or by collecting an application package from the Halfords store of your choice.
Wage rates for regular starting and managerial positions tend to hover around the national minimum wage, which is currently £ 5.93 per hour for 21-year-olds and £ 4.92 per hour for 18-year-olds. Management jobs attract salaries that depend on the size and location of the store. Typically this is for a store manager £ 23,000 to £ 28,000 p.a., a sales manager £ 16,000 to £ 18,000 p.a. and director of customs £ 13,000 p.a.
Halfords promises the following benefits package:
15% employee discount on all products
Contribution pension system
Equity saving system
Also, and depending on seniority, the salary package may include partial benefits, health insurance and a company car.
For those who want to continue in the company, there is a personal development system that provides candidates with two years of extensive and comprehensive training along with opportunities to work in various departments – for example marketing and purchasing.