Essential reading for retailers and suppliers in the home improvement market

Bunnings bins zero-hour contracts

Published: 6 February 2017 - Jenny Wonnacott

Bunnings, which bought out Homebase from Home Retail Group in a £340m deal last year and opened its first pilot UK store last week, has scrapped zero-hour contracts for its British employees.

Bunnings/Homebase employees will no longer have zero-hour contracts
Bunnings/Homebase employees will no longer have zero-hour contracts

UK manager Peter 'PJ' Davis has said that the company has decided to axe zero hour contracts for all its UK employees to ensure a “strong culture within the company,” adding that he wants to “engage them in their work, train them and offer development opportunities.”

The first UK Bunnings store opened last week in St Albans, with at least four more pilot stores outlined for the next few months. Wesfarmers, Bunnings' owner, plans to invest up to £500m rolling out the Bunnings brand across the existing Homebase portfolio over the next three to five years.

Since its takeover last year, Bunnings has introduced a living wage for all its workers over the age of 18, rather than opting for the government's policy of £7.50 per hour for all workers aged 25 and over.

Mr Davis explained, “It’s costing us more but we thought it was a fairer way of distinguishing between staff.” It means that almost all of the 12,000 store employees have had an average pay raise of £555.

Other changes which have taken place at the Homebase/Bunnings enterprise include getting rid of soft furnishing lines in favour of more hardcore DIY and hardware options as well as plans to introduce a more family-friendly atmosphere with in-store cafes and playgrounds.

The company is also planning to run workshops for ladies to help them brush up on essential DIY skills.

Comments

09 February 2017 17:03:39
Peter

Workshops only for ladies? A bit sexist isn't it?

08 February 2017 11:40:54
tony

What mean staff then 


(Your email address will not be published)
Already Registered?
Sign In
Not Yet Registered?
Register
Printable View E-mail Bookmark

What do you think?


With summer now in full swing, how are sales in your outdoor living categories faring?




Latest reader comments

re: Screwfix ranks first in customer satisfaction survey

Alan Collins
I feel that I have to write to Screwfix to thankyou for your helpful staff at your store at Unit 5 Mucklow Hill Trading Estate B62 8DF. As ...

re: Toolstation.com excels in Which? website survey

Philip Gill
I have just returned from the Cirencester branch after bying a disc cutter, the help in selcting the best one for the job was great and for ...

re: Kingfisher says goodbye to another director

bq bob
More redundancies in stores as they get rid of dedicated showroom staff and merge the role with goods inwards and are cutting the The ...

re: Bunnings reveals locations of the three further UK pilot stores

cath
When will the store in milton keynes be opening....

Jobs Board

Sales Representative/Territory Manager

South & West Yorkshire

Salary dependent on experience

Toolbank is the U.K. and Ireland's leading wholesale distributor of tools and hardware products t...

Apply