Asda is looking to hire 15,000 seasonal workers to help the supermarket giant through the busy Christmas period.
The company is hiring the temporary workers in a raft of roles including within its stores, depots and home delivery service.
Around 500 roles will be based in depots, 1,500 in home delivery roles, with the remainder being store-based jobs across the UK.
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Asda has also confirmed its first Christmas delivery slots will become available later today, Tuesday October 19.
The first slots will made available for its Delivery Pass customers, while the first slots for all other customers will come available from Thursday, October 28.
Hayley Tatum, chief people officer at Asda, said: “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.”
The Christmas announcement comes after it emerged that the billionaire brothers behind the £6.8bn takeover of the supermarket have scrapped plans for separate £750m deal to buy its forecourt business.
EG Group, the convenience and fuel retailer led by the Issa brothers Zuber and Mohsin, agreed to acquire Asda petrol filling stations, car wash sites and some land in February.
On June 16 both the ongoing restrictions imposed under UK Competition Law and the subsequent CMA “Hold Separate Order” on the acquisition were lifted.
This meant EG Group and Asda were allowed to share commercial information regarding the forecourt business – and as a result, EG and Asda have decided they will no longer proceed with the Transaction, and it was terminated as of last night, October 18.
The firm said: “Asda remains confident that it will continue to derive synergy benefits from its strategic alliance with EG through key initiatives already underway, including the development of plans to introduce foodservice at Asda locations and the expansion of Asda’s convenience offering, where both companies have confirmed their intention to roll-out the Asda On the Move proposition across EG’s UK forecourts.”
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