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Asda to offer an early Christmas present with 7,000 festive jobs

7,000 festive jobs part of £5million investment in Customer Service for Christmas

  • Roles will include shop floor, home delivery and customer service
  • Potential ‘Christmas Helpers’ can find out more online at
  • 750,000 hours overtime for existing Asda colleagues to earn extra cash for Christmas

On the day that Walmart will release its second quarter earnings (16 August 2011), Asda has offered an early Christmas present with the announcement that they will create 7,000 vacancies for the Festive period.

The roles, which will include opportunities for shop floor colleagues, home delivery and customer service are part of a £5 million investment in Customer Service for Christmas shoppers – further evidence of its commitment to delivering for customers during tough times and setting the pace in service, as well as price and quality.

Asda will be recruiting colleagues for a variety of roles across the shop floor, including specialist Service Hosts to provide a helping hand tracking down last minute gifts, as well as colleagues to provide advice on ‘hot’ gifts such as the latest gadgets and clothing trends.

Jobs will be available at Asda stores across the UK from September, and people can find out more online at Assessment centres will take place throughout the Autumn, with successful applicants starting their roles from November.

As well as additional roles in store, Asda will also be offering 750,000 hours overtime to existing colleagues, helping them earn extra cash for Christmas. Asda’s latest income tracker showed that families have on average £9 less each week disposable income compared to this time last year, largely due to increased fuel prices.

Andy Clarke, Asda CEO and President said: “Our customers love Christmas – and they want everything to be just right – that’s why we’re bringing in 7,000 extra pairs of hands to make sure it goes without a hitch. Extra help to our customers when they need it most and much needed job opportunities in our local communities. “

Whilst the majority of roles will be fixed term contracts, colleagues may be invited to join a ‘register of talent’ and invited to take on temporary positions during other busy periods.

Posted in Press Centre on 16 August 2011