Recruitment in the retail sector had its latest boost today as The Co-operative announced it is to take on 1,700 extra manager level staff over the next five months.
The move is to help build consistent structures across all of its store following the acquisition of a wide variety of stores from other retailers in recent times.
In conjunction with the companies plans to continue its expansion over the next few years, Co-op hope to make at least seven thousand more jobs available.
Tim Hurrell, Chief Executive, The Co-operative Food, said: “We’re adopting a consistent approach, that is appropriate to the size of each store and will help us meet our goal of delivering excellent service.
“The net effect is a gain of 1,700 jobs and these jobs will be at management level in stores. Where we fill these roles internally it will create opportunities at all levels.
“We are proud of the role our stores play at the heart of so many communities, right across the UK, and these changes will help us to further improve our customer service.”
Co-op has seen rapid growth over the last few years catapulting it in to the ‘big five’ of UK food retailers.
Co-op is not the only top grocer to announce new jobs, with Tesco recently revealing that 350 roles will be up for grabs at its new Newcastle development and 400 at its Dartford store,
Sainsbury’s meanwhile has unveiled plans to make 20,000 jobs available over the next three years at all levels and Asda has committed to National Apprenticeship Week.