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
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.”
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 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.
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.
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.”