Monday, 23 January 2012
Asda has announced plans to launch a major recruitment drive in 2012, as it seeks to fill 5,000 new jobs this year.
The supermarket giant is expected to launch a comprehensive online recruitment process to find the staff to fill the 25 new stores it has planned for development this year. The business is also planning to extend and refurbish around 43 of its existing stores.
A company spokesman said that the expansion drive was being valued at £500 million and will increase the national selling space of the Walmart-owned company by 600,000 square feet.
The new jobs will be on top of the 30,000 created last year from the opening of around a dozen stores and the absorption of the Danish discount chain, Netto, into its portfolio of stores.
Asda is focusing its recruitment drive on young people – as it did last year – to try to combat the rising unemployment figures among Britain’s youth. It will also give eligible employees the chance to take City & Guilds apprenticeships while they work.
Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed the news of the job creation, stating, "The additional investment and 5,000 new jobs announced by Asda today will be a real boost for the economy and more importantly for people around Britain seeking jobs.
"I also welcome Asda's commitment to not only create jobs but invest in their staff too - offering employees the chance to join an apprenticeship scheme to gain skills which will benefit them throughout their career."