Almost 1,000 applicants for 75 supermarket jobs

Daily Echo: Almost 1,000 applicants for 75 supermarket jobs Almost 1,000 applicants for 75 supermarket jobs

NEARLY 1,000 people have applied for just 75 jobs available at a new supermarket.

As previously reported, Waitrose announced last year that it was taking over the existing Co-op store in Locks Heath Shopping Village, and promised that it would come with an employment boost.

Jobs were first advertised at the end of December and bosses received a flood of enquiries before the window for applications closed last week.

More than 900 people sent in their CVs for just 75 posts.

The retail giant worked with Jobcentre Plus to put forward candidates, including unemployed people, for full-time and part-time positions across all departments.

The interview process will start within the next week, with all new employees becoming “partners” in the business. This entitles them to shopping and leisure discounts, leisure and learning subsidies and a share in profits in the form of an annual bonus.

Bosses hope the store will be open in March.

Jo Williamson, branch manager at the new Waitrose in Locks Heath, said: “We have had a phenomenal response to our recruitment drive and are really encouraged by the calibre of applications we’ve received. We are grateful that so many people are eager to work for our business and look forward to a successful future at the Locks Heath store.”

Waitrose announced that it will be opening the new branch after acquiring the Co-op store in the Locks Heath Shopping Village in November 2013.

A total of 200 ‘partners’ will be employed by Waitrose Locks Heath, including 120 former Co-op employees.

The news comes after multi-million-pound plans were unveiled to inject new life into the 1980s Locks Heath district centre.

The bold vision includes a leisure complex with a 25-metre swimming pool, a 71,000 sq ft Morrisons supermarket, new restaurants and high street shops in a move that could create 300 jobs.

Last year more than 1,000 posts were created with the completion of nearby Whiteley Shopping Centre.

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7:59pm Wed 12 Feb 14

WalkingOnAWire says...

It's great news that an employer of JLP's quality is bringing jobs to the region. Interesting also that for every successful applicant there will be 11 still left looking for a job. It shows that the 'recovery' still has a long way to go before it is felt by the majority of people. It also shows that huge numbers of people who are criticised by some for being on benefits are in fact actively trying to find work.
It's great news that an employer of JLP's quality is bringing jobs to the region. Interesting also that for every successful applicant there will be 11 still left looking for a job. It shows that the 'recovery' still has a long way to go before it is felt by the majority of people. It also shows that huge numbers of people who are criticised by some for being on benefits are in fact actively trying to find work. WalkingOnAWire

12:51am Thu 13 Feb 14

Dave Of The South says...

Morrison's won't happen now as Waitrose are there
Morrison's won't happen now as Waitrose are there Dave Of The South

2:28pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Inform Al says...

WalkingOnAWire wrote:
It's great news that an employer of JLP's quality is bringing jobs to the region. Interesting also that for every successful applicant there will be 11 still left looking for a job. It shows that the 'recovery' still has a long way to go before it is felt by the majority of people. It also shows that huge numbers of people who are criticised by some for being on benefits are in fact actively trying to find work.
Don't tell loosehead, he will say all those that didn't get a job are scroungers.
[quote][p][bold]WalkingOnAWire[/bold] wrote: It's great news that an employer of JLP's quality is bringing jobs to the region. Interesting also that for every successful applicant there will be 11 still left looking for a job. It shows that the 'recovery' still has a long way to go before it is felt by the majority of people. It also shows that huge numbers of people who are criticised by some for being on benefits are in fact actively trying to find work.[/p][/quote]Don't tell loosehead, he will say all those that didn't get a job are scroungers. Inform Al

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