Tesco hires 16,000 for grocery delivery

Amidst a boom in the online grocery delivery industry, UK supermarket giant Tesco has announced it is recruiting for 16,000 new permanent roles, 10,000 of which are to be order pickers and 3,000 are to be drivers.

The new roles are in addition to the 4,000 new jobs that the grocer has hired since the pandemic changed the economy according to Tesco.

The majority of those 16,000 will be hired from among the 47,000 temporary staff Tesco hired for the spike in demand during the pandemic, though it is understood that most of those temporary contracts have ended.

Yahoo Finance has shown that some 136,000 new jobs have been created in online grocery delivery since the pandemic began across the Big 5 supermarkets and the other major players.

Jason Tarry, chief executive officer of Tesco UK and ROI, said: “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.”