Supermarket giant Sainsbury's is to create up to 14,100 seasonal jobs to meet the high demand from customers over the busy Christmas and new year period, it has been announced.
The jobs will be a mixture of full and part-time, covering areas including checkout, customer service and online shopping, from late November.
Sainsbury's has wider plans to recruit 3,500 new workers by March 2011 under an expansion programme.
Helen Webb, Sainsbury's Retail human resources director, said: "We are very proud to be able to announce these opportunities at what is a very challenging time for the economy.
"Retail is a fast-paced, dynamic industry all year round but there really is no more exciting time to be in-store than Christmas. We are looking for enthusiastic, hard-working colleagues who have a passion for great customer service.
"Last year 24 million customers visited our stores in the week leading up to Christmas and our seasonal colleagues are absolutely crucial to ensuring we meet the needs of our customers."
Sainsbury's has more than 880 stores across the UK, employing 150,000 staff.
Debenhams announced earlier this week that it will create 9,000 temporary jobs for the festive season.