Co-op supermarket is creating 5,000 jobs to provide temporary employment for people who have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus crisis.
The company is also creating 2,600 permanent jobs across its stores nationwide.
The supermarket chain has a number of stores in Leicester and Leicestershire, and over 2,500 stores nationwide.
The Co-op is also simplifying its recruitment process, so successful candidates can begin working within days.
Jo Whitfield, chief executive of Co-op Food, said: “The Co-op has a critical role to play in supporting our members, customers and colleagues, as well as the local communities that our stores sit at the heart of.”
“Whilst our store and depot colleagues are working around the clock to ensure people have the essentials they need, we are all too aware that many people working in bars, pubs and restaurants are currently out of work.”
“It makes perfect sense for us to try and temporarily absorb part of this highly skilled and talented workforce who are so adept at delivering great customer service, as we work together to feed the nation.”
“We’re talking to a large number of organisations whose workforces have been affected by this situation.”
‘To anyone in this position who is looking for a job in one of our stores, our message is simple – please get in touch now. We’ve made the application process quicker than ever and hope to have new colleagues on the ground within a day or two.”
“What we need now is genuine, tangible co-operation as we look to support the wider economy and help the nation overcome this challenging period.”
Those interested in applying for temporary roles should speak to a manager at their local store and those interested in permanent jobs should visit jobs.coop.co.uk.