UK supermarket Sainsbury’s has announced that it is recruiting 14,100 temporary staff members over the Christmas and new year period.
Last year an estimated 24 million customers visited Sainsbury’s stores during the festive season and so the retailer is making sure it is ready for this year’s surge.
Earlier this week Debenhams announced that there will be 9,000 seasonal job opportunities at its stores and with the current national unemployment figures hovering around eight per cent of the overall population there should be no shortage of candidates for these new positions.
Helen Webb, Sainsbury’s Retail HR Director, said: “We are very proud to be able to announce these opportunities at what is a very challenging time for the economy.
“Retail is a fast-paced, dynamic industry all year round but there really is no more exciting time to be in store than Christmas.
“We are looking for enthusiastic, hard working colleagues who have a passion for great customer service. In exchange we offer flexible working hours and a competitive salary.”
Sainsbury’s hopes to have employed 3,500 new staff members by March 2011 due to its expansion plans which will see its retail floor space increase by 15 per cent in that time.
Next week will see the opening of three new Sainsbury’s stores which will be the biggest ever outlets in England, Wales and Scotland for the retailer.
Gwyn Burr, Customer Service and Colleague Director, commented: “Last year, over 100 seasonal colleagues joined our fast-track trainee management programme and many of them are on their way to becoming Department Managers, with responsibility for large areas of their store and for leading a team of colleagues.
“There is no limit to what our colleagues can do if they have the motivation, ambition and enthusiasm to succeed.”
Applicants can apply from mid-October for roles that will begin the following month and more information can be found on the Sainsbury’s website.