Tesco Ireland to hire 1,150 extra staff as online demand soars

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Demand for home shopping services has increased since the start of the pandemic. File photo
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Tesco plans to hire an additional 1,150 workers in the Republic in the run up to the busy Christmas trading period.

Tesco Ireland, which operates 151 stores and employs more than 13,000 staff, said the new roles were needed to support increased demand for online delivery services.

Demand for home shopping services has increased since the start of the pandemic, particularly among older age groups.

Tesco recently opened 10 new click and collect sites at Liffey Valley in Dublin, Coonagh in Co Limerick and Ballincollig in Co Cork.

“The new roles will be available in many areas of the business including assembly and fulfilment of customer orders for online delivery, drivers to deliver them, customer assistants, plus a variety of other roles in stores across the country,” Tesco Ireland said.

Permanent roles

Of the new roles, 450 are full-time and permanent. Tesco Ireland said the latest jobs are in addition to the 1,000 already created since the start of the pandemic.

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Additional hours are also being shared among existing staff to help the handling of Covid-19 and Christmas trading, it said.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin, who joined Tesco staff at Douglas in Cork to announce the jobs, said: “Tesco’s latest recruitment drive provides much needed good news in challenging times.”

He thanked Tesco staff and other retail workers who have kept the State’s shops open during the pandemic.

“They are playing a vital role in ensuring people have access to essential supplies in a safe environment,” he said.

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