Asda to create 7,000 new jobs

Asda has followed the lead of Morrisons and Tesco, announcing that it will create 7,000 new jobs this year.

The supermarket has said that it has plans to create 3,700 jobs by extending 15 of its existing stores and opening nine new food stores and five new Asda Living outlets.

In addition, 2000 new jobs will be created through the expansion of its home shopping business, and a 1000 new jobs through organic growth. A further 120 roles will be created in Asda pharmacies and optical centres nationwidel.

Asda has also pledged to recruit up to 3,000 long-term unemployed people in a bid to help provide full and part time roles to people who have been unemployed for more than six months and are finding it difficult to re-enter the labour market. It will recruit for existing vacancies through through Local Employment Partnerships and Remploy -Asda's recruitment partner for people with disabilities and health conditions.

Andy Bond, president and CEO of ASDA said:"This year we will create 7,000 new jobs at a time when many companies are having to lay people off. We will also be helping 3,000 long-term unemployed get back into work by specifically targeting them for existing vacancies in our business."

James Purnell, secretary of state for Work and Pensions praised Asda for the its drive to create jobs, adding that people need as much support as possible to help get them into jobs.

"Local Employment Partnership's such as ASDA have been a real success. We're on target to get 250,000 long-term unemployed people back into work through the scheme and thanks to the extra money we got in the Pre-Budget report last November we are also opening it up to people who have just lost their jobs," he said.

Beth Carruthers, director of Employment Services at Remploy said that his company was proud of its partnership with Asda.

"The announcement of these new positions is excellent news and will allow us to work together still further," he added. "Now of all times we should not be turning our backs on disadvantaged people and should instead be ensuring they have the opportunity to play a full role in the economic life of the country."

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