Belfast Telegraph

Over 1,500 in hunt for Christmas jobs at Tesco

The race for Christmas jobs is in full swing with supermarket giant Tesco reporting that almost 1,700 have applied for 230 seasonal posts.

The full-time and part-time jobs, which have been created to cover the busy festive period, have come amid ongoing news of job cuts.

Tesco operations director Gary Mills said that the firm is putting record numbers of people on the shop floor to help assist customers in the run-up to Christmas and beyond.

"We have seen record levels of applications for our seasonal jobs this year as unemployment levels continue to grow across the province due to job cuts," he said.

"In addition to creating these extra seasonal jobs across Northern Ireland, Tesco continues to purchase from local producers - our extensive local sourcing programme means that we now buy more than £500m worth of food and drink from over 70 local companies, equating to around 1,500 lines."

Tesco is Northern Ireland's largest private employer with over 9,200 staff. It says it actively recruits older workers, students and people with children.