Tesco Ireland have announced that they are creating an additional 1,150 jobs in the lead up to Christmas.

700 of the jobs are temporary roles for the Christmas period with the remaining 450 jobs being full-time permanent roles.

120 of the permanent jobs are to be based in Cork.

This is not the first major recruitment drive for Tesco Ireland, they hired an additional 1,000 staff at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Announcing the creation of the 1,150 new jobs, Tesco Chief Executive Kari Daniels paid tribute to Tesco staff:

Since the start of this pandemic, our colleagues have risen to the challenge to continue to serve our customers and communities. We are pleased to be able to add these roles at this challenging time.

The announcement was also welcomed by Taoiseach Micheál Martin:

I would like to thank Tesco staff and all other retail workers who have kept our shops open during the Covid-19 pandemic.

They are playing a vital role in ensuring people have access to essential supplies in a safe environment

Tesco Ireland employs over 13,000 staff across 151 of its stores in Ireland.

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