Tesco Ireland to create 225 jobs in its Grocery Home Shopping service
10 June 2021
Tesco Ireland has today announced its plans to recruit 225 new drivers for its grocery home shopping services. The latest announcement follows the recruitment of 1,150 new roles for stores late last year.
Tesco has operated in the Irish retail market since 1997, and with 151 stores nationwide, it employs over 13,000 people in cities and towns around Ireland, supporting almost 45,000 jobs directly and indirectly.
Welcoming the announcement, An Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar said: “This is great news from Tesco. I’d like to thank Tesco staff and indeed all those working in our supermarkets for the work they have done over the past few difficult months. By keeping shelves stocked and stores safe and open, you have made a really important contribution to Ireland’s response to the pandemic. These new jobs will be a boost to towns and villages across Ireland and I wish the team the best of luck with the expansion.”
Announcing the new roles, Tesco Ireland CEO, Kari Daniels said the company is pleased that its grocery home shopping services provided a crucial support during the pandemic, and added: “Our colleagues from all parts of our business have played a vital role in providing essential services, and keeping our customers safe throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and I’m really proud of their commitment to doing the right thing as we’ve responded. In the past year, we’ve worked hard to ensure our home shopping services could cater for increased demand, and that those who needed to access them could do so. As our home shopping services - delivery and Click & Collect - continue to grow, we now need to recruit 225 more drivers to support this expansion.”
“As an equal opportunity employer and Great Place to Work, these diverse and fulfilling roles offer applicants an exciting opportunity to play a part in the ongoing growth of home delivery at Tesco and to continue to provide a little help to our customers in communities all around Ireland.” Ms Daniels continued.
Tesco is adding 100 new delivery vans to its service and has begun an internal and external recruitment campaign to support the new roles. Existing Tesco colleagues have the opportunity to extend their banded contracts or diversify into these new roles. Applicants require a full, clean category B drivers’ licence. Roles will be coming on stream over a phased basis in the coming weeks and those interested in applying can find out more at Tesco.ie/careers.
As certified Great Place to Work®, Tesco is one of Ireland’s largest private sector employers with over 13,000 colleagues working in its head office, distribution centre and stores nationwide. Tesco offers a rewarding career in retail including the highest average blended rate of pay in the food retail sector and market-leading benefits.
Tesco has been the pioneer in grocery home shopping in Ireland, launching first in the late 1990s. Tesco services its online customers from 34 stores nationwide; each order is picked, packed and delivered by a dedicated and passionate team of colleagues who on average manage over 2.5 million grocery items weekly.
Its grocery home shopping is a vital part of the Irish business and Tesco is the leader in the sector with the largest such infrastructure in Ireland.
As a result of COVID-19, Tesco grocery home shopping services, both home delivery and collection, saw unprecedented changes in demand, and the company has worked hard to respond to help those customers most in need. To date, measures undertaken have resulted in thousands of additional slots being made available to customers nationwide, through home delivery and through Click & Collect. It continues to prioritise its Over 65 customers as well as those most vulnerable with access to delivery and collection slots. Prior to COVID-19, approximately 3% of Tesco online deliveries supported its Over 65 customers, they now account for over 14% of online weekly orders.
Demand for grocery collection services remains high. Throughout 2020 Tesco opened 11 new Click & Collect sites nationwide at Liffey Valley, Dublin, Galway and Ballincollig, Cork among several others. Click & Collect is a free service, where a customer chooses a dedicated two-hour slot, they drive to the store carpark, collecting their pre-ordered goods.
About Tesco in Ireland
Tesco has operated in the Irish retail market since 1997, and with 151 stores nationwide, it employs over 13,000 people in cities and towns around Ireland, supporting almost 45,000 jobs directly and indirectly. It partners with over 490 Irish suppliers - of which almost three-quarters are small and medium enterprises - which in turn supports almost 14,000 farming families around Ireland. Latest figures show that that the overall economic impact of Tesco’s expenditure in Ireland is €2.92 billion.