Asda To Hire 10000 Festive Workers

Asda has announced it will create an extra 10,000 seasonal jobs this year as it prepares for the busiest time of the year, Christmas .
The additional jobs will double the supermarket giant’s ‘seasonal squad’ of people who are hired to work in its stores every holiday season.
Asda said the jobs boost is in addition to a commitment announced by the retailer in January to create 7,000 new jobs by the end of 2009, largely through the opening of new stores and the refurbishment and expansion of existing outlets.
A company spokesman said: “Our seasonal jobs are ideal for students and those looking for part-time work over the festive period.”
“It’s the busiest time of the year for Asda, and we’re expecting this to be our biggest Christmas ever as we are offering more low prices than any other supermarket .
“In a survey we found that nearly half of our shoppers were already thinking about Christmas shopping and we’re looking for more seasonal colleagues than ever before.”
The UK’s second largest food retailer said anyone interested in joining its Christmas workforce should pick up an application form their local Asda store or nearest Jobcentre .
Sainsburys recently announced it would be taking on around 20,000 seasonal workers to work through the busy Christmas and New Year period, which last year saw around 23 million Britons shop at its stores.
The supermarket chain said at least 1,000 temporary employees will be offered permanent positions with the company in 2010, while some will even be given the chance to train as department managers.