Waitrose to recruit an extra 1,850 staff to handle online Christmas demand

Waitrose online delivery

Waitrose has announced it will look to hire as many as 1,850 new order pickers and delivery drivers to meet the surge in online demand from customers heading into Christmas.

The retailer said the new staff would be a combination of temporary and permanent new roles and would be spread across Waitrose stores and its fulfilment centres in Enfield and Coulsdon.

The new recruitment drive will kick off at the beginning of November and continue throughout December as Waitrose prepares for its busiest time of year. 

Waitrose director of online Laura Burbedge said: “This year our online shopping operation has more than trebled and we know that the demand for our Waitrose.com service will continue throughout the festive season. 

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