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Tesco to hire 11,000 temporary staff

Tesco is set to hire more than 11,000 temporary members of staff to assist its stores during the festive period.

New recruits will be hired across the UK and work in Tesco’s Superstores and Extra stores, with the focus being on filling roles in online delivery and store replenishment.

Rachel Bushby, Tesco’s people director, said: “We had a fantastic response for temporary jobs during the spring lockdown and we’d love to hear back from anyone who worked here then. 

“We’re looking for people who enjoy working as part of a team and are prepared to go that extra mile in order to help our customers.”

This news comes after the supermarket chain reported a surge in profits, with pre-tax profit soaring by 28.7% to £551m in the first-half of its financial year, despite the financial downturn resulting from Covid-19.

In the same period, group sales rose by 6.6% to £26.7bn, up from £25bn reported the year before. While clothing sales were down by 17.2%, food sales were up by 9.2%, with online orders doubling in the period.

Nonetheless, the supermarket giant was hit by costs totalling £533m as it responded to the pandemic, noting that the increased spend went towards “prioritising customer and colleague safety”.

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