The 5,000 are in addition to another 15,000 posts that were announced in September. Last year the chain hired 15,000 extra staff in total, so the drive for 2012 marks a big increase.
CEO of Sainsbury’s, Justin King, said: ‘This year we’re recruiting an extra 20,000 people to ensure our customers get the best possible experience in store and online.
‘It’s a chance for people to experience the fast-paced, varied and rewarding world of retail – whether they are simply looking for a bit of extra cash or want to build their experience and take a step towards permanent work.’
Let’s hope their Yuletide logs are cheaper than Tesco, then.