Tesco to hire 30,000 extra Christmas staff

Tesco is set to hire 30,000 temporary workers to help meet higher demand over Christmas.

The recruitment effort is already underway with half of the roles filled by temporary colleagues who joined during the pandemic, having had their contracts extended.  

The new recruits will be picking for online deliveries, replenishing stock and supporting existing colleagues. Once the festive period ends, Christmas colleagues will be encouraged to apply for permanent roles. 

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“We need another 15,000 colleagues to join the 15,000 additional colleagues who are already with us for the festive season, to help give our customers a Christmas to remember,” Tesco head of UK resourcing Angela Woolfenden said. 

“We’re looking for people who enjoy working as part of a team and are prepared to go that extra mile in order to help our customers. 

“Our festive roles are a great way to become part of the Tesco team, from checkouts to picking orders for home delivery or replenishing the store. It’s an opportunity to meet great people, learn new skills and be part of a diverse team where everyone is welcome.  

Woolfenden added: “We had a fantastic response for festive roles last year and we would love to hear from anyone who worked last with us last year.  

“With part time, temporary roles available across the UK, there are a variety of different shift patterns on offer, making sure these roles fit around different individual needs and lifestyles.”  

The news comes as 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.

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