Asda seeks 15,000 temp workers for festive season

Asda has launched its Christmas recruitment drive and confirmed the dates for its festive home delivery slots.

The supermarket retailer aims to recruit 15,000 temporary employees. The new workers will fulfil a number of different roles, including serving customers, replenishing shelves, picking, packing, and delivering online orders.

The move comes as the wider retail industry faces an ongoing labour and driver shortage that has seen warehouses increasing wages by up to 30 per cent to attract new staff.

Around 500 roles are based in Asda’s depots, 1,500 are home delivery driver positions, with the remainder being store-based roles across the UK.

Asda also confirmed that its Christmas home delivery slots would go live to Delivery Pass customers on Tuesday 19th October and to all other customers on Thursday 28th October.

“We will do all we can to make sure customers have a fantastic Christmas and recruiting an extra 15,000 colleagues across our stores, depots and home delivery service will help us to provide them with great products and excellent service when they shop with us during the festive season,” said Asda chief people officer, Hayley Tatum.

According to the company, since the start of the pandemic, it has more than doubled the capacity of its online delivery service. It said that the week before Christmas the retailer will have 900,000 home delivery and Click and Collect slots.

New research from parcelLab found that 47 per cent of UK online shoppers say they would order Christmas presents earlier this year to avoid delays. But the company warned that the UK’s existing supply chain crisis could be intensified by early demand.

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