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Tuesday 20 March 2018

10 applicants vying for every Tesco job

Tom Shiel and Brian McDonald

A SUPERMARKET giant revealed yesterday that 10 people are applying for every new job it creates.

Tesco, which yesterday opened three new stores in counties Waterford, Galway and Mayo, confirmed that 7,500 applicants have been chasing just under 750 jobs at the new stores.

It is the latest indication of the fierce competition for jobs as the country slips deeper into recession.

In July, Tesco announced it would create 748 new jobs at a number of new stores across the country. The opening of the three latest stores yesterday accounted for 310 of the jobs.

A company spokesman confirmed to the Irish Independent that it had been inundated with applications for jobs at each of the new stores.

"Broadly speaking, we have been looking at a ratio of about 10 to one. That's about 10 applications for every job. In some stores it's a bit more," the spokesman said.

Tesco Ireland chief executive Tony Keohane said the opening of the new stores at Ballybeg, Co Waterford (110 jobs), Oranmore, Co Galway (110 jobs) and Swinford, Co Mayo (90 jobs) highlighted the supermarket's commitment to Ireland. "The 310 jobs created are another vital boost to local employment in these areas," he added.

A total of 600 applicants sought work at the new Swinford store, it emerged yesterday.

A recruitment office was set up in the town in August, creating an unprecedented response from job hopefuls. Within 10 days, the company had to stop taking applications.

Irish Independent

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