Tesco is hiring for 16,000 new jobs - here are the roles on offer and how much they pay

The supermarket chain has created thousands of new jobs (Photo: Shutterstock)
The supermarket chain has created thousands of new jobs (Photo: Shutterstock)

Tesco has announced that it will create 16,000 new permanent jobs in order to support the drastic increase in growth of its online business.

This is everything you need to know about applying for a job at Tesco.

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How much does Tesco pay?

In its job adverts, Tesco doesn’t state how much a role pays, instead saying that the salary is “competitive”.

A competitive salary means that a company will offer an equal or greater salary for similar jobs in the same area.

Sainsbury’s offers £9.30 per hour for its online customer assistant roles, Asda pays £9.76 per hour for its home shopper picker roles and Lidl pays between £9.30 and £10.50 per hour for its customer assistant roles.

According to Payscale, Tesco workers average around £8.44 per hour.

Customer service assistants can expect between £7 and £9 per hour, delivery drivers between £8 and £10 per hour and retail sales assistants between £6 and £10 per hour.

What jobs are available and what are the duties?

Across the UK, there are a number of different roles available within the Tesco company with part time and full time contracts that you can apply for.

Personal shopper

Personal shopper customer assistants will be expected to pick customers online orders accurately so that they receive the products they ordered, champion the reduction of food waste, follow company policies and adhere to health and safety guidelines.

As a personal shopper, you’ll need good time management skills, to work well within a team and to be able to take initiative and make decisions that are correct for the customer.

Customer assistant

Customer assistants will need to have “great communication skills and work well in a team” according to the job description from Tesco.

As a customer assistant, you’ll be expected to provide customers with excellent customer service, be knowledgeable about Tesco products and services and make decisions that are in the best interest of the customer.

Cafe team member

Cafe team members will be working in the busy Tesco cafe. You’ll need to know the menu inside out, be able to upsell extras and make sure the cafe stays safe and clean.

Once you’ve been trained, you’ll also be responsible for making food and drinks for customers. Applicants for this role will need to be over 18 years old and have work experience in other hospitality roles, like in a restaurant, cafe or fast food chain.

Shift leader

As a shift leader, you’ll be responsible for store activities. This involves running duty shifts and coordinating a team to deliver a clean and stocked store.

You’ll have a great understanding of how the store is performing and will become an expert in delivering practical actions for improvement.

You should be a great role model for others, be able to build strong, lasting relationships with colleagues and be confident in taking the lead.

Warehouse Operative

As a warehouse operative, you’ll be responsible for making sure orders are assembled correctly, picking and manually handling stock, maintaining a clean and tidy warehouse, and making sure stock is received, stored correctly, packed and transported.

You’ll need to be reliable, punctual and enjoy the buzz of working in a fast paced environment.

Delivery driver

As a delivery driver, you’ll be responsible for loading and unloading your van with customers orders. This role is very physical and hands on, so will require someone who is friendly, approachable and able to adapt to working in a fast paced environment.

Applicants for this position will need to be calm under pressure, able to adhere to UK driving laws and have a full UK/EU/EEA driving licence for at least 12 months with no more than three penalty points.

How do I apply?

To apply for a job at Tesco, head to the Tesco Careers website where you can browse the jobs available in your area.

To apply for jobs you’ll need to create an account. You can also use this to keep track of applications and manage any offers you’ve received.

There are five steps to applying for a job once you’ve created your account:

  • Provide your personal information
  • Fill out a questionnaire
  • Provide any additional information
  • Upload your CV
  • Complete an external questionnaire

Once you’ve followed these steps, you’ll get a chance to review your application before submitting it.