Tesco creates 16,000 permanent roles amid ‘exceptional’ online growth

Tesco says it is creating 16,000 new permanent jobs as it sees “exceptional growth” in its online business.

Most of the roles are expected to be filled by workers who joined on a temporary basis at the start of the pandemic but who now want to remain with the business for the longer term, the retail giant said.

They include 10,000 pickers to put together customer orders and 3,000 drivers to deliver them, plus a number of other roles in stores and distribution, said Tesco – which is Britain’s biggest supermarket chain.

It said the new permanent roles were in addition to 4,000 already created since the start of the coronavirus outbreak.

The announcement comes at a time of widespread gloom elsewhere in the jobs market with sectors including aviation and retail suffering the brunt of the impact according to a dashboard of publicly-announced cuts compiled by Sky News.

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