Waitrose to hire 1,850 extra Christmas staff

Waitrose has announced it will be recruiting nearly 1,850 additional drivers and pickers for its online delivery service during the busy Christmas season.

The combination of both temporary and permanent roles will reportedly help meet the expected “surge” in customer demand for the service.

The positions will cover both the home delivery and grocery click and collect services offered by Waitrose.

The company said the roles will be filled throughout November and December to prepare for the “busiest” time of the year.

Since the start of the year, has filled more than 190,000 delivery slots per week.

The additional recruitments in delivery drivers will work with the network of shops and “customer fulfilment centres”, which together will deliver to 90% of UK postcodes.

Laura Burbedge, director of Waitrose online, said: “This year our online shopping operation has more than trebled, and we know that the demand for our service will continue throughout the festive season.

“Our customers are planning ahead and adding Christmas items to their online baskets, with seasonal products on up 250% so far in comparison to last year and turkey orders up by 280%.”

She added: “These additional drivers and pickers will allow us to better support our customers over the Christmas period with their online grocery orders.”

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