Three new Tesco stores are opening in the UK this week, creating over 800 retail jobs including 300 for local long-term unemployed people.
Clay Cross in Derbyshire, Bulwell in Nottingham and Spring Hill in Birmingham are the locations for the new outlets.
Over 5,000 applications have been made for the new roles and Tesco has worked with Jobcentre Plus and employment services company Remploy to ensure a third of all vacancies are filled by people local to the stores who were either unemployed or classed as long-term unemployed.
Tony Fletcher, Regional Corporate Affairs Manager for the midlands, said: “As one of the UK’s largest companies, Tesco relies on a wide variety of people to work for us, and we are also keen to include those who haven’t been in work for a long period of time.”
An overwhelming response to the vacancies has seen over eight people applying for every role advertised.
Other retailers currently creating large numbers of jobs around the country including Asda whose expansion plans aim to create 7,500 positions next year and Sainsbury’s who created around 950 roles in one day during its ‘Super Wednesday’.
Since it began its Regeneration Partnerships with Jobcentre Plus and Remploy ten years ago, Tesco has helped 4,500 people find local jobs.
Fletcher added: “At a time of economic uncertainty, the three stores have proved to be a big attraction for job hunters, with over 5,000 applicants in total and we are delighted with the teams we have appointed for each of our stores.”