A whopping 1,300 people applied for just 16 jobs at a new Tesco store set to open in the North East.
The Tesco Express on Barrack Road, in Newcastle, is due to open its doors to the public on April 14.
The supermarket has revealed that it received the large number of applications – which equates to around 81 bids per post – when it started its recruitment process.
Store manager Iain Anderson, who has worked at Tesco for nearly 15 years, said:
“I was thrilled by the response we received to our recruitment drive. There were so many great applicants which made the decision very tough when it came to selecting the successful 16.
“The positions that have been filled cover a range of roles, from customer assistants to cash office, stock control and bakers – so some very skilled roles for people who are brand new to the company.
“Although our Express stores are small in size, the job roles and responsibilities are huge with massive learning potential.
“It’s great that the roles are so popular and we’re grateful for so many people applying. Tesco is a great company to work for and I believe that our city centre location, opposite the stadium and under student accommodation, is a factor in so many people applying.”
> I think it might have something to do with how desperate things really are, rather than Tesco being a great place to work.
According to the Office for National Statistics, the unemployment rate in the North East has dropped to 7.7%. The rate, for the period November to January, compares to 9.1% for the previous quarter.
The number of jobless people has fallen to 99,000, from 118,000, while the figure for those in work has gone up 11,000 to 1,188,000.
However the North East still has the highest unemployment rate in the country, compared to an 5.6% average in England.
The British Retail Consortium says the sector has always been popular with those looking for work.
Tom Ironside, director of business and regulation, added:
“Retail is a leading employer offering numerous benefits to those with a range of skills. Three million people work in the retail industry and it has always been popular with jobseekers.”
The new Tesco Express will be launched with the presentation of £500 to The People’s Kitchen, a charity which helps to provide food and clothing to homeless people.
Mr Anderson said:
“We are delighted to be able to support The People’s Kitchen, as they do such wonderful work for the local community.
> Perhaps Tesco will be supplying them – fo free – with all the out-of-date but still perfectly edible stuff they’ll otherwise bin.
Or perhaps not…
“We are really pleased that they will be coming to launch the new store and join in the celebrations with us.
“My new team and I are looking forward to offering shoppers a clean bright and spacious new store with fast and friendly service.”
The shop will open seven days a week, from 6am until 12am, and will offer a free cash machine, self-service tills, Click & Collect, mobile phone top-up facilities, a National Lottery counter, as well as Costa Coffee and Krispy Kreme facilities.
Source – Newcastle Evening Chronicle, 08 Apr 2015