John Lewis to give free meals to staff to help with rising cost of living over Christmas period
The new positions will be advertised online from September.
The John Lewis Partnership has said it will be giving free meals to its staff over three months to help with the rising cost of living as it announced it will be looking for 10,000 new Christmas staff.
The retail group behind the John Lewis department store chain and Waitrose supermarket business said it will advertise supply chain jobs to help deal with the expected increase in demand.
Around 4,000 new seasonal workers will be recruited for the group’s 331 Waitrose shops. These will include supermarket assistants, night shift workers and delivery drivers.
The group is also hiring about 2,000 temporary workers for the its 34 John Lewis stores, including sales and merchandising roles.
The company added that all permanent staff and temporary workers will receive free food from October 3 to January 6 to help with cost of living pressures.
JLP said the new positions will be advertised online through September and October.
Additionally, the business is also filling about 4,000 roles across its supply chain through recruitment agencies, with JLP seeking to hire more warehouse workers and drivers to cope with higher demand for orders.
Andrew Murphy, chief operations officer, at JLP said: “We pride ourselves on creating a happy workplace because it’s our partners who make the difference and it’s thanks to them that John Lewis and Waitrose are two of the UK’s best-loved brands.
“We are looking forward to welcoming people across the country to grow our team and ensure we deliver a great Christmas for our customers.”