Good news for graduates as Tesco boosts vacancies by 30%

13 Jul 2011

Britain’s largest private sector employer set to recruit 440 graduates in the next 12 months

Britain’s largest private sector employer set to recruit 440 graduates in the next 12 months

Tesco has today delivered very welcome news for university-leavers as graduate recruitment in the next year at Britain’s favourite supermarket will increase by 30% - almost 10 times the national average.

This will see the country’s largest private sector employer welcome 440 graduates to its 17 schemes available across our operations in stores, distribution and head office.

Significantly, with Tesco operating in 14 countries across the world, a number of the UK schemes offer graduates the opportunity to work abroad as part of their training while local graduate schemes are also run across most of the international operations.

Judith Nelson, UK Personnel Director at Tesco, said:

“It’s a challenging time for graduates but, as other firms cut back on hiring, we remain committed to offering opportunities to talented young people. Those opportunities are available across our business from Commercial and IT to store management.

“Our focus is providing the skills and training for a career for life and the sky really is the limit for new recruits who work hard. Our current chief executive Philip Clarke was a Tesco graduate trainee – we aim to find the Philip Clarkes of tomorrow and provide them with the skills and training they need for a long and successful career.”

As the economic climate continues to challenge many firms in the UK, national graduate vacancies are expected to rise by just 3.6%.

Additionally, recent research by the Centre for Economics and Business Research revealed that, six months after graduating, 40% of the ‘Class of 2010’ are “underemployed” – working in lower-skilled jobs after failing to find graduate roles.

The survey also warns that 55% of this year’s graduates could find themselves in non-graduate jobs or facing unemployment.



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  • Tesco aims to reward its graduates well in comparison to the market. Whichever graduate training scheme chosen, there is a minimum starting salary of £22,000 to £28,000.
  • Graduates starting on the Pharmacy Pre-registration Programme can expect a starting salary of £18,000.


  • Be expecting to receive a minimum of a 2:1 degree.
  • Have a minimum of CCC (240 UCAS points) at A level/Scottish Highers or other equivalent qualifications (excluding General Studies) for all office programmes. This is with the exception of the Corporate Marketing and Customer Analysis and Research programmes which require 280.
  • Have obtained a minimum of C in GCSE Maths and English or equivalent qualifications.
  • Be legally able to work in the UK.
  • Have no criminal convictions which are not regarded as spent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
  • For any roles in stores and distribution you must be mobile throughout the UK, you should be prepared to relocate now or in the future, depending on where your job is based. We will take into account personal circumstances. Head office schemes are based in Hertfordshire.

HOW TO APPLY FOR AVAILABLE PROGRAMMES IN 2011. Go to All 2012 programmes are open for application in September 2011.