Morrisons plans to recruit 3000 staff members ahead of the festive season to “make sure that our shelves are stocked”.
The supermarket stressed this was because shoppers want to make up for last year’s “low-key” celebrations during lockdown.
However, it comes amid warnings that labour shortages have left retailers unable to support Christmas demand.
The new employees will join Morrisons’ warehouses and factories across the country, with work ranging from picking and packing goods to driving forklifts.
No experience is required for the roles, which are open to 16-24 year olds on benefits through the Kickstart scheme.
“Customers have told us that they want to make up for last year’s low-key festive season,” Morrisons people director Clare Grainger said.
“We are working hard to make sure that our shelves are stocked with everything they need to help them celebrate.”
Sainsbury’s recently announced it would hire 22,000 temporary employees, which a government minister said would “give Father Christmas some serious competition”.
Its recruitment drive began last Friday, four weeks earlier than in 2020.
According to multiple supermarket sources, Christmas shopping has started early this year after warnings of festive food shortages.
Aldi is reportedly selling 1500 turkey crowns a day, four times its usual amount at this point of the festive build-up.