Tesco hiring 11,000 temporary staff to meet online spike as unemployment hits 3-year high

Tesco is set to recruit more than 11,000 temporary staff this year to help it meet the spike in demand for online grocery orders over Christmas.

The UK’s largest grocer has seen its online operations grow rapidly throughout 2020, increasing by 90 per cent over the three months to the end of August alone.

As further lockdowns loom across the country, Tesco is anticipating another dramatic spike in online orders over the Christmas period and is ensuring it has the manpower to deal with it.

Applications for roles across its UK store estate which will include “picking for online deliveries and store replenishment” and “supporting existing store colleagues” opened this week.

READ MORE: Tesco to create 16,000 new permanent jobs

According to Tesco, it will encourage its temporary employees to apply for permanent roles once the peak season comes to an end.

Tesco is one of the few retailers expanding its staff numbers during the pandemic, announcing in August that it was hiring a further 16,000 new permanent staff to support its online growth.

It comes as the UK’s unemployment levels hit a three-year high, growing 4.5 per cent in the three months to August to around 1.5 million.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), redundancies also hit their highest level since 2009, rising to 227,000.

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