Tesco, Aldi and Lidl hire 10s of thousands to cope with coronavirus

Tesco bosses have announced it will be hiring 20,000 people to work in-store to help cope with the demand for food and household products as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The supermarket joins Aldi, Lidl and Co-Op, who have also announced plans to hire 10s of thousands of people.

People who have lost income as a result of coronavirus, including hospitality workers, will be prioritised and it is likely employment will be fast-tracked.

The retail recruitment drive is a direct result of panic buying that has left many supermarket shelves bare since the crisis began.

In a statement, Tesco's Chief People Officer Natasha Adams said: "We launched our recruitment drive online on Wednesday and since them we have already been overwhelmed by support from the public and thank everyone who has applied to work with us in stores.

"We have seen 140,000 views on our Tesco Careers page and over the coming days thousands of new colleagues will join us in helping to feed the nation."

Pictures of empty stores flooded social media this week, forcing stores to also implement restrictions on items.

Necessities such as toilet roll, pasta, and cleaning products all have limits in-store and online, to stop people hoarding items.

Stores have also changed hours, with Tesco announcing the closure of all 24-hour stores, which will now close at 10pm.

Aldi, Lidl and some Tesco branches have also implemented an hour a day to help the vulnerable and those in need.

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Shops have also said emergency workers and key workers will be able to use this hour a day to shop.

Yesterday, an image of a paramedic attempting to shop with empty shelves went viral.

The service worker in question had worked a 12-hour shifts and was "exhausted" but only managed to purchase a handful of items.

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