// Tesco to welcome 9000 extra staff for the festive period
// The seasonal customer service roles will be based in Tesco superstores
// Recruitment begins on October 7
Tesco has said it will recruit 9000 extra staff for the crucial Christmas period.
The seasonal customer service roles will support teams in Tesco superstores, The Mirror reported.
The jobs will be in place from December to January and recruitment begins on October 7.
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Tesco people director Rachel Bushby told The Mirror that Christmas is one of the Big 4 grocer’s busiest times of the year.
The grocer has also said that it will encourage festive staff to apply for any permanent jobs available in their stores after the festive period.
The news comes after Tesco announced it would cut around 4500 jobs in order to simplify operations at its Metro stores in early August.
While most of the jobs in the firing line were going to be cut from 153 mid-size Tesco Metro stores, the latest round of redundancies would also target jobs at smaller Tesco Express stores and the larger superstores.
Meanwhile, Tesco’s chief executive Dave Lewis quit from his role earlier this week amid the grocer’s half-year results which saw pre-tax profit rise 6.7 per cent to £494 million on flat group sales of £28.3 billion in the 26 weeks to August 24.
Operating profit rose 12.6 per cent year on year to £1.13 billion, while revenue fell flat with a 0.1 per cent rise, as it hit £31.9 billion.
Tesco also slashed back net debt by 7.8 per cent to reduce its debt pile to £12.6 billion.