These are all the retailers who are on hiring sprees this Christmas

These are all the retailers who are on hiring sprees to meet the surging demand this Christmas - from John Lewis and Waitrose to Aldi.
Sainsburys says it is working on its “biggest ever Christmas recruitment drive”.

Traditionally when the festive season approaches, many retailers look to hire more seasonal employees in a bid to get ahead of the Christmas chaos and demand for grocery and gifts.

While Brits gear up for their first Christmas since the pandemic, businesses are looking to further support their permeant staff with new recruits.

From Morrisons to John Lewis and Waitrose, here’s a roundup of all the retailers who are currently on hiring sprees


Morrisons announced it would be recruiting 3000 extra colleagues this Christmas in order to meet increased demand during the festive period.

The Big 4 grocer is looking to recruit colleagues for its distribution centres and manufacturing sites across the country.

“Customers have told us that they want to make up for last year’s low-key festive season and so we are working hard to make sure that our shelves are stocked with everything they need to help them celebrate,” Morrisons people director, Clare Grainger said.

“We are looking for 3000 Christmas helpers to come and join our busy, fast-moving and exciting team on a temporary or permanent basis and help make good things happen this Christmas.”

Morrisons said it has guaranteed pay of at least £10 per hour


At the start of this month, Aldi revealed it would be hiring over 1500 people to work in its UK stores on a temporary basis over the Christmas period.

The discount grocer said it is preparing for its “biggest-ever Christmas” and is seeking to support its permanent colleagues by working on the checkouts, replenishing stock, as well as picking and packing orders made through its click and collect service.

The 1500 temporary Christmas store roles are in addition to the 2000 permanent jobs Aldi is also looking to fill by the end of this year as it continues with plans to open one new store a week.

The 1500 temporary Christmas store roles are in addition to the 2000 permanent jobs Aldi is also looking to fill by the end of this year


Sainsbury’s is also creating 22,000 seasonal jobs to help it meet higher demand around the Christmas period this year.

The supermarket chain said it will be hiring store staff, delivery drivers and logistics workers as part of its “biggest ever Christmas recruitment drive”.

Roles will be available across the UK from Friday, four weeks earlier than last year, as the retailer looks to get ahead with its preparations for a busy Christmas period.

There will be 14,500 new Sainsbury’s and Argos store roles, including 500 customer and trading manager positions.

Sainsbury’s will also be recruiting 3,000 online delivery drivers, as well as offer 4,500 warehouse and logistics positions, which include agencies and third parties.

Sainsbury’s is donating over £1 million across several charities, businesses and social enterprises that support the Black community3.7% this morning amid hopes that Fortress may turn its attention to another UK grocer.


Tesco will be hiring 30,000 temporary workers to help meet higher demand over Christmas.

The recruitment effort at the grocer is already underway with half of the roles filled by temporary colleagues who joined during the pandemic, having had their contracts extended.

The new recruits will be picking for online deliveries, replenishing stock and supporting existing colleagues. Once the festive period ends, Christmas colleagues will be encouraged to apply for permanent roles.

“We need another 15,000 colleagues to join the 15,000 additional colleagues who are already with us for the festive season, to help give our customers a Christmas to remember,” Tesco head of UK resourcing Angela Woolfenden said.

“We’re looking for people who enjoy working as part of a team and are prepared to go that extra mile in order to help our customers.

Tesco’s sales reached £27.3 billion in the six months to August 28

John Lewis

At Waitrose the jobs will be across approximately 331 stores, with roles on offer including supermarket assistants and night shift workers while delivery drivers will also be sought.

More people will also be needed to work in John Lewis’ 34 shops and on top of that the partnership, chaired by Sharon White, will also be recruiting 550 permanent full-time driver and warehouse roles across its distribution centres.

John Lewis Partnership people director Nikki Humphrey said: “We know that as the first Christmas after lockdown, customers will want to make it really special and we’re throwing everything we can into helping them celebrate – our festive team will have a crucial role to play.”

“We’re looking for people who can deliver extraordinary service to help customers get what they need to celebrate.  We look forward to welcoming people into our team across the country.”

The John Lewis Partnership has announced plans to open an LGV Driver Academy to train drivers in 13 weeks.
The partnership will also be increasing the number of 12-month LGV driver apprenticeships it offers to people who are starting out in their driving career.

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