Tesco recruits 3,000 drivers and 10,000 pickers for permanent positions. Online sales create massive demand for more workers

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Tesco UK has announced that it will create 3,000 new permanent positions for drivers to support the exceptional growth in its online business.

The British supermarket chain has announced that they are looking for 16,000 new employees in addition to the 4,000 permanent jobs already created since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The roles will include 10,000 pickers to assemble customer orders and 3,000 drivers to deliver them, plus a variety of other roles in stores and distribution centres. Before the pandemic, around 9% of Tesco’s sales were online. The figure is now more than 16% of sales, with Tesco expecting online sales of over £5.5bn this year, up from £3.3bn last year.

In April, Tesco became the first retailer to fulfil one million online grocery orders in a week. Tesco now serves nearly 1.5m customers a week online, up from around 600,000 at the start of the pandemic. As the supermarket’s online business continues to grow, the number of new roles may increase further in the coming months.

Since the start of the pandemic, our colleagues have helped us to more than double our online capacity, safely serving nearly 1.5 million customers every week and prioritising vulnerable customers to ensure they get the food they need. These new roles will help us continue to meet online demand for the long term, and will create permanent employment opportunities for 16,000 people across the UK” – said Jason Tarry, Tesco UK & ROI CEO.

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