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Morrisons to create 7,000 jobs next year

Morrisons has announced that it will create more than 7,000 new jobs in 2012 as it continues its store expansion programme and develops its manufacturing and logistics arms.

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Morrisons to create 7,000 jobs next year

Morrisons has announced that it will create more than 7,000 new jobs in 2012 as it continues its store expansion programme and develops its manufacturing and logistics arms.

The company plans to open 25 new stores in 2012 as it looks to expand into areas where there is currently no store presence.

Many of the new opportunities will be for skilled jobs such as butchery, bakery and fishmongery. 

Morrisons said that more than half of the typical employees at a new store are previously unemployed and 75% from the local area. The retailer aims to be a catalyst for employment in a town by insisting that building suppliers also employ local people.

There will also be another 300 people employed at Morrisons’ new distribution centre in Bridgwater in Somerset.

Norman Pickavance, group HR director at Morrisons said: "Despite the difficult economic conditions, Morrisons continues to have ambitious growth plans and that means we will be searching for people to join us in the communities in which we operate."
 

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