Leyland's dnata Travel Group announces major recruitment drive with 120 jobs up for grabs

Leyland-based dnata Travel Group (UK), owner of Travel Republic, Travelbag, Netflights, Sunmaster and the UK’s largest trade-only tour operator Gold Medal, has announced a major recruitment drive as it seeks to fill more than 120 positions.

By Aimee Seddon
Monday, 4th July 2022, 12:30 pm
Updated Monday, 4th July 2022, 12:51 pm

The company is looking to attract new talent across its UK business and particularly around its key employment centres of Leyland in Lancashire, and Kingston-upon-Thames in Surrey.

Opportunities are also available at its Chester hub, across its network of Travelbag high street stores, as well as hybrid and home working positions.

The vacancies are for a wide variety of roles across the company’s brands, from marketing, finance and IT, through to customer service and contact centre roles.

Ailsa Pollard, Chief Executive Officer of dnata Travel Group Europe, says this is thier "biggest single recruitment push ever".

They will supplement nearly 160 roles already filled since the start of the year as the company responds to increasing demand for its range of travel products and services.

Ailsa Pollard, Chief Executive Officer of dnata, said: “Like many travel companies, we’re seeing demand for our holidays pick up. This means we need to increase the size of our team – especially in the critical customer service and sales areas – to ensure we’re able to maximise that interest. This is our biggest single recruitment push ever, and we want to fill as many of the available roles as quickly as we can with energetic people who share our own passion for travel, and our vision to reconnect a better world.

“The pandemic was a tough time for the travel industry, and like many other businesses we had to make difficult decisions. But for us now, it’s all about building for the future. With travel experiencing a strong period of recovery, we are keen to attract new talent to join our team of over 800 people to help us drive forward our ambitious growth plans. As part of a global business we can offer anyone who joins our team unique career pathways that span multiple locations around the world, plenty of opportunities for professional progression, and learning and development programmes to enhance their skills.”

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As part of its recruitment efforts, the company has bolstered its package of employee benefits, including discounted holidays and a number of salary sacrifice schemes such as ‘cycle to work’ and ‘give as you earn’ initiatives, and, as travel reopens, opportunities for educational trips overseas.

The company is also developing enhanced Graduate and Apprenticeship schemes, offering candidates the opportunity to enjoy successful and structured career development progression within dnata Travel Group (UK).

She continued: “We have a strong history and heritage in the UK travel industry and an excellent reputation of being an employee-centric business. Nearly half of our existing employees have been with us for more than five years. We can offer those that join us great career personal development, and the opportunity to work in a fast-paced, exciting and thriving culture.”

Mary Wilson, dnata Travel Group (UK) Chief People Officer, added: “We believe the benefits and opportunities we offer to be unrivalled in the travel industry, and any talented, enthusiastic and passionate individuals considering a career in a sector that’s as fun and fulfilling as travel should think of dnata Travel Group first. We look forward to helping them realise their potential as they help us achieve our ambitions.”

Anyone interested in learning more about working for dnata Travel Group (UK), should go to: www.dnatatravelcareers.com, or attend their open days at their key employmnet centres over the coming weeks.