Britain’s largest supermarket Tesco will create an additional 16,000 permanent jobs to support the growth in its online business.
“The supermarket expects the majority of these roles to be filled by colleagues who joined on a temporary basis at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, but who now want to stay with the business permanently,” Tesco said.
Tesco said the roles will include 10,000 pickers to assemble customer orders and 3,000 drivers to deliver them, along with a variety of other roles in stores and distribution centres.
Discount supermarket chain Aldi said last month that it will create an additional 1,200 jobs, this year in the UK.
Lidl, another discount supermarket chain, said last month that it will create an additional 1,000 jobs this year in the UK.
Ahold Delhaize, a major operator of supermarket chains in the United States and Europe, said earlier this month that its brands hired more than 45,000 employees globally in the second quarter.
British grocery sales had surged during the pandemic, but slowed down in the 12 weeks ended Aug. 9 as shopping habits eased back towards normality after months of lockdown, according to market researcher Kantar.