Tesco looks for staff in Slovakia
Tesco says it is advertising in Slovakia for store managers to work in Britain despite 2.5 million unemployed people in the UK.
The supermarket giant said it had turned to looking on the continent for staff because it could not always fill vacancies locally.
The company denied any suggestion that it was an attempt to find cheap labour, saying that all recruits - local or non-local - were paid the same wage.
Tesco is reported to be offering help with legal paperwork and housing - plus 12 weeks' training to bring English-speaking workers to the UK to work in its stores..
A company spokeswoman said: "At Tesco we always try to recruit staff from local communities. In spite of intensive local recruitment drives and advertising, we can't always fill vacancies so we have to widen our search. It is much more expensive for us to recruit UK staff from elsewhere in Europe, and that's another reason why we only do this as a last resort."
Figures published last month showed that unemployment in the UK jumped by 44,000 in the final three months of 2010 to just under 2.5 million.