Sainsbury to Create 10,000 Jobs
LONDON (AP) _ Britain’s second-biggest supermarket chain, J Sainsbury PLC, said Wednesday it plans to create 10,000 jobs this year, expanding its work force by 7 percent.
The full and part-time jobs will be created by extending and refurbishing stores as well as opening new outlets, the company said.
Roles range from butchers and check-out operators to sales assistants for the chain’s Jeff & Co clothing line. Extra staff will also be hired to work in distribution depots, the company said.
Along with other supermarkets, Sainsbury reported a surge in holiday season trading, with sales excluding petrol up 6.8 percent in the six weeks to Jan. 5 when compared with the same period last year.
Sainsbury’s, which currently employs 142,000 people, announced in May that it would create 6,000 new jobs by May 2002.
Director of retail human resources, Nigel Broome, said around 5,000 extra staff had been taken on since then. One thousand of the jobs announced Wednesday were part of that recruitment drive, he said.
Sainsbury used to be the country’s largest grocery chain, but rival Tesco PLC overtook it in 1995 in terms of sales and profits. Recent reports suggest it may also have fallen behind ASDA Group PLC in terms of market share.
Like other British supermarkets, Sainsbury has come under increased pressure since Wal-Mart Stores Inc. entered the British market last year with the purchase of ASDA.
Earlier this month, ASDA said it too was looking to recruit 10,000 new staff during 2002.