As high street retailers face collapse, eBay pledges to recruit "thousands" globally within three years


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Online retail site, eBay plans to recruit “thousands” of people globally over the next three years as it seeks to redefine commerce.

Despite UK unemployment figures standing at 2.65million, eBay has admitted the war for talent is still well and truly on.

The announcement was made by the company as it accepted its award in London as one of this year's Best Workplaces in the UK by The Great Place to Work Institute, securing a spot firmly within the top 10.

Widely acknowledged as a key barometer of an economic downturn, the retail industry is on the cusp of a further technological revolution, with new third wave technologies set to give a potential direct boost of £2.4 billion to the industry by 2014.

Future adoption of these new retail technologies, including augmented reality, image recognition and smart devices have led to a renewed focus by the company to attract top talent and bolster its marketing, technology and payments teams to enable retail businesses to succeed in this new digital age.

Aileen O'Toole, HR director for eBay Europe said: "We're delighted that both eBay employees and The Institute have recognised eBay Inc. as one of the best places to work in the UK. We will continue to make eBay an inspiring and fun place to work and enable our people to innovate and be an integral part of the changing face of commerce.

"We're not resting on our laurels as the war for talent heats up. As an enabler of commerce, eBay Inc. is recruiting across many disciplines for individuals to provide better insight, innovation and specialist knowledge to empower retail businesses to succeed in this new multi-channel age."

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