An investment of around £5 million in extra customer service this Christmas by leading supermarket Asda, announced today, will result in an extra 7,000 festive positions.
The retailer, which is owned by US giant Walmart, confirmed the future employment opportunities ahead of second quarter trading results due later today.
With the extra investment in temporary jobs in store, home delivery and customer services roles will be available across the UK from September, and an additional 750,000 hours of overtime will also be on offer to existing employees.
Andy Clarke, Asda CEO and President, said: “Our customers love Christmas – and they want everything to be just right – that’s why we’re bringing in 7,000 extra pairs of hands to make sure it goes without a hitch.
“Extra help to our customers when they need it most and much needed job opportunities in our local communities.”
Asda has also been keen to promote the successful conversion on its ex-Netto outlets ahead of what is likely to be a less than spectacular results posting.
Trading under the name Asda Supermarkets, the number of group stores under 25,000 sq ft will total 100 next week once a new outlet in York opens and 61 of the purchased Netto stores have been converted to this format to date.
Sales grew just 0.1 per cent on a like-for-like basis for Asda in the first quarter of 2011 and, after the temporary boost created by Easter and the royal wedding, the end of Q2 is likely to have represented a tough trading environment also as inflation stayed high and consumer confidence remained low.