The supermarket chain Morrisons will be taking on additional 3,500 workers in an attempt to match demand in its home delivery service.
2,500 pickers and drivers with 1,000 staff in the distribution centres will be added to match the surge in demand the chain is experiencing following the Coronavirus pandemic.
We expect the days, weeks and months ahead to be very testing and we are determined to do our bit. These measures will support our very hard-working colleagues, enable us to provide more food to more people in their homes and create opportunities for people whose jobs are affected by the coronavirus.David Potts, chief executive of Morrisons
Morrisons also announced a raft of measures to try and focus on the welfare of its staff including asking customers to pay by card rather than cash, hand sanitizers at every till and a colleague hardship fund to support staff who are off work on sick leave.
The Supermarket chain has seen its full-year profits rise. For the 52 weeks on the 2nd February 2020, pre-tax profit rose three per cent to £408 million, when total sales edged down 1.1 per cent to £17.5 billion