Sainsbury's said today that 5,000 additional seasonal jobs will be created this year, to meet increased demand from customers over the busy Christmas and New Year period.
In September, Sainsbury's announced 15,000 vacancies across its 1,000+ stores. Those vacancies were filled in record time, and today the company's CEO, Justin King, announced that 5,000 more seasonal jobs would be created to support a busy festive season and the high demand.
It is anticipated that over 2,000 of the temporary roles will be made permanent, as the company extends and opens new stores.
Latest industry data heralded Sainsbury's, as the 'stand-out performer' for the 12 weeks ending 28 October, with a 0.4 percentage point jump in market share - moving from 16.4% a year ago to 16.8%. Paralympics sponsorship, the Brand Match price promise and the success of its own brand were all named as having helped boost Sainsbury's appeal.
Sainsbury's Chief Executive, Justin King, said: "This year we're recruiting an extra 20,000 people to ensure our customers get the best possible experience in store and online.
It's a chance for people to experience the fast-paced, varied and rewarding world of retail - whether they are simply looking for a bit of extra cash or want to build their experience and take a step towards permanent work."
Customer Service and Colleague Director, Gwyn Burr, said: "Seasonal colleagues carry out a number of key roles including customer service, working on check-outs, helping keep shelves full and assisting the online delivery teams as they prepare Christmas shopping orders. This is great experience to help people develop their career, many of our colleagues who started with us at Christmas are now in charge of large teams and budgets, helping to drive sales and deliver great service."
Interested applicants can apply now on the Sainsbury's Jobs website. The extra 5,000 positions will be advertised in the run up to Christmas, with employment starting in supermarkets in late November.
After completing a straightforward online test, successful candidates will be invited to a short in-store assessment and an interview with a Sainsbury's manager.
Sainsbury's has over 1,000 stores across the UK with 150,000 colleagues. One of its 20x20commitments is to create 50,000 new jobs by the year 2020.