Iceland to hire 3,000 as business booms

Iceland has revealed plans to create 3,000 new roles as online orders have soared at the budget supermarket.

Since the lockdown was announced, the supermarket saw online shopping orders have multiplied by four.

Iceland has said that most of the jobs created will be delivery drivers and in-store staff to pack orders.

“We’ve been blown away by the demand for deliveries over the past six months with a four-fold increase in online orders since the beginning of lockdown,” said David Devany, who is the chief customer and digital officer at the company.

“We see no sign of a slowdown in the demand for deliveries in the run up to Christmas, so a recruitment drive for more permanent staff was essential. Our store and delivery colleagues have gone above and beyond during lockdown introducing incredible measures to help their local communities, and I’m proud that our business has been able to adapt to the changing needs of our customer.”

The company also plans to trial a partnering with Uber Eats, to deliver food from Iceland in Hackney.
Other supermarkets have also benefitted from business since the lockdown. Morrisons is expected to reveal plans to hire thousands of extra employees in the next week. 
Tesco earlier this year that it plans to create 16,000 new permanent jobs thanks to the “exceptional growth” in business.
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