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Our People

We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for our people, and it’s our job to make sure they’re supported and invested in. From retail to design to distribution and beyond, our passionate, knowledgeable teams work hard to bring you great quality clothing and an unforgettable customer experience.

We believe strongly in celebrating diversity and building an inclusive and supportive workplace. Underpinning this is our Inclusivity, Equality and Diversity Policy, which you can read here. This applies to all of our stores, as well as our Head Office and Distribution Centre.

We’re committed to ensuring Barkers is a safe place to work (and shop) so we provide Safe Workplace Training to all of our staff. Additionally, all our employees are entitled to paid parental leave, in line with government policy, and we aim to create and foster a supportive environment for all parents and their families.

We believe in sharing the success of the business with every Barkers employee, so every year we distribute 5% of our net profit back to our staff.

Our Stores

If you’ve been into a Barkers store, then you’ve already met some of our people!
As of December 2018, we employ 221 talented people across our 30 stores nationwide.

Our Stores

Our teams are growing all the time as we bring in fresh talent. We had 147 new hires last year (January-December 2018).

Although we sell menswear (and we’re experts in it) we employ a great number of women in our stores and across all aspects of our operations. We believe gender balance and diversity in the workplace makes you a stronger, more successful business. At a management level, women make up 70% of our people - 21 of our store managers are women, 9 are men. We’re also committed to providing equal pay - in fact, four of our top five manager salaries go to women.

Growth and learning in the workplace are non-negotiables for us, and we do our best to foster talent, encourage engagement and create development for our people. We hold an annual conference for our teams, and three times a year we run Manager Meetings where all store managers nationwide come together at Head Office. Together, these support knowledge and improvement, while also providing a valuable dialogue with our people.

The Barkers Team

We employ 264 staff at Barkers, and this number grows with need: new stores, expansion and development.
We are proud to have all 264 members on board!


Our Head Office/ Distribution Centre

Based in Auckland, our Head Office (a green space) features a team of 25 people, including shareholders, with a further 18 at our Distribution Centre.

We support the inclusion of women in leadership roles, and our Senior Leadership Group features 3 women and 5 men. We’re also committed to providing equal pay. Wherever we have two team members in the same role with equal skills and experience, we ensure they always receive equal pay regardless of gender.

Like everywhere in our company, we’re excited to introduce fresh faces and new ideas to our teams. In the past year we’ve had 7 new hires at our Distribution Centre and 3 at our Head Office (January-December 2018).

To keep all our people learning and growing, our Head Office and Distribution Centre teams join our retail staff at our annual conference, and they also enjoy monthly Knowledge Workshops and ‘Beers and Ideas’ sessions.

We’re big believers in a balance between work and life too, so our Head Office staff enjoy a half-day every Friday on a rolling roster.

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