The UK’s third biggest grocer Sainsbury’s is set to create 20,000 new retail jobs over the next three years.
A statement released by the retailer today said there will be a mixture of part-time and full-time positions available across its network of supermarket and convenience stores.
New jobs are all part of Sainsbury’s expansion plans, which involves the business trying to increase gross space by 15 per cent in the two years to March 2011.
The net new store space, excluding extensions, is expected to contribute 2.5 per cent to total sales growth in 2010/11, and the supermarket group has reported a number of landmark days in recent months.
December 1st 2010 was dubbed ‘Super Wednesday by the supermarket group, with three new outlets opening and four extensions opening across the UK. This came after Sainsbury’s opened its biggest ever stores in England, Wales and Scotland in September.
Commenting on the retailer’s plans for the next three years, Sainsbury’s CEO Justin King said: “These new jobs will provide a huge boost to communities across the UK and as they are a mixture of full and part time positions there will be an opportunity suitable for everyone.
“We recognise the importance of doing more than simply creating jobs, and this is why we are committed to providing our colleagues with an unrivalled range of training and development opportunities such as our award winning apprenticeship programme and industry leading scheme for graduates.”