Aldi, Morrisons, Tesco and Sainsbury's hiring thousands of people for Christmas

By Lottie Gibbons

Supermarkets are to hire thousands of workers to help deal with Christmas demand.

Food suppliers and trade bodies have stressed that the Christmas period could be challenging due to labour shortages and disruption further down the supply chain.

This year's Christmas festivities are also anticipated to be busier than usual as customers try to make up for last year's restricted celebrations and hold multiple gatherings with their friends and family.

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Most supermarkets, including Aldi and Morrisons, have laid out plans to hire thousands of temporary staff for the festive period.

Morrisons

Morrisons is looking to recruit 3,000 new colleagues ahead of the festive season in order to meet increased demand at Christmas.

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

The roles available range from warehouse and production operatives, to pickers and packers as well as other skilled roles such as fork lift truck drivers.

Full training will be provided for all positions and so no prior experience is required.

Morrisons has also joined the Kickstart scheme meaning it welcomes applications from 16-24-year-olds who are receiving universal credit.

Earlier this year, Morrisons became the first UK supermarket to guarantee pay of at least £10 per hour and colleagues also benefit from a 10% staff discount as well as flexible hours and shift patterns to suit.

Anyone wishing to apply should visit www.morrisons.jobs or call 0345 6116111.

Tesco

Tesco is recruiting 'festive colleagues' across a number of stores in the UK.

They said: "We need your help. We are recruiting festive colleagues to join us and help give our customers a Christmas to remember.

"We are regularly adding new roles to our career’s website, be sure to come back soon to find a location that suits you.

"Apply today, join our team, and get in the spirit of Christmas."

Liverpool One, Park Road Extra, Rockferry and more are among the shops advertising.

You see the roles available here.

Sainsbury's

Sainsbury’s is creating 22,000 seasonal jobs across the UK.

Seasonal Sainsbury’s and Argos colleagues will help throughout the store, serving customers, keeping shelves stocked and picking, packing and delivering online orders.

There will be 14,500 Sainsbury’s and Argos colleague roles available in stores, including 500 Customer and Trading Manager positions, 3,000 online delivery driver positions on offer as well as 4,500 warehouse and logistics openings which include agencies and third parties.

There are also 180 Contact Centre opportunities.

Jobs will be available across the country from October 1, four weeks earlier than last year to help colleagues settle in.

Sainsbury’s is also introducing a new incentive payment to recruit more Argos and Groceries Online delivery drivers for the festive season; both new and existing drivers could earn up to an additional £500 for fulfilling shifts over the busy Christmas period.

Temporary colleagues will work up until January 8 2022 on fixed-term contracts of between three and 12 weeks.

To become a temporary colleague at Sainsbury’s or Argos this Christmas, applicants should go online at sainsburys.jobs or visit their local store for more details.

Aldi

Aldi is hiring more than 1,500 people to work in its UK stores on a temporary basis over the Christmas period.

The supermarket is looking for people 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 1,500 temporary Christmas store roles are in addition to the 2,000 permanent jobs Aldi is also looking to fill by the end of this year as it continues to push ahead with plans to open an average of one new store a week, and a similar number of permanent jobs are planned for next year.

In addition, Aldi is currently recruiting across its 11 Regional Distribution Centres around the UK for a number of permanent roles, including Warehouse Selectors, Logistics Assistants and Lorry Drivers.

Aldi has also today confirmed it will once again keep all stores shut on Boxing Day as a thank you to colleagues.

The supermarket has always remained closed on Boxing Day, ever since opening in the UK over 30 years ago.

Store Assistants earn an industry-leading minimum hourly rate of up to £10.57 nationally and £11.32 inside the M25.

Visit www.aldirecruitment.co.uk for more information and to apply.

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