Tesco to recruit 20,000 temporary colleagues to help feed the nation

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an unprecedented increase in demand for food and household products.  

At Tesco, we’re working around the clock to help ensure families have access to the shopping items they need. To help us step up and meet demand, we are bringing in up to 20,000 new colleagues to work in our stores for at least the next twelve weeks.

We launched our recruitment drive online on Wednesday and since then, we have already been overwhelmed by support from the public and thank everyone who has applied to work with us in stores. We have seen 140,000 views on our Tesco Careers page and over the coming days thousands of new colleagues will join us in helping to feed the nation.

Thanks to a streamlined recruitment process, we are able to get eligible applicants in for interviews and process their applications in a single day – this includes assessing eligibility to work.

We will also keep monitoring the situation and expect further recruitment to take place in the coming weeks.

Tesco’s Chief People Officer, Natasha Adams said:

“I’m so proud to be welcoming thousands of new colleagues to Tesco. Thank you to everyone offering to help as we work day and night to keep our shelves full for customers. The community spirit at Tesco is fantastic and together, we can do this.”



  • Applicants should search on Tesco Careers or visit us in store to apply
  • Standard payment bands apply to all new colleagues
  • Contracts are for 12-weeks only
  • Our new colleagues will be working on the shop floor stocking shelves

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