More than 50 people in the Black Country, Staffordshire and Worcestershire have been taken on full time by Sainsbury’s after starting work for them in temporary Christmas jobs.
They are among a record 2,336 permanent positions created from 20,000 Christmas jobs last year.
The 51 posts in the region are at Sainsbury’s stores in Wednesfield, Wombourne, Blackheath, Stafford, Cannock, Amblecote, Merry Hill and Kidderminster.
Sainsbury’s chief executive Justin King said: “Our temporary jobs give people a foot in the door over Christmas and for many it’s the start of a future career with us.”
The store in Chell Road, Stafford, has taken on the most at 13, with nine at Kidderminster, seven at Wombourne, four each at Amblecote and Merry Hill, and one each at Blackheath and Wednesfield.
A dozen newly-made permanent roles are at the Cannock store at the Orbital Retail Centre and bosses there were delighted to retain the 12 temps. Store manager Mark Pickerell said: “We know that the local jobs market is tough, especially for younger applicants, so I’m pleased that we’ve been able to do our bit and give people a first break into the world of work.
“ It’s been great to boost our team with new recruits after their hard work and commitment on a temporary contract over Christmas.”
Sainsbury’s has over 1,000 stores across the UK with 150,000 staff. In the past year, it has created 6,000 new jobs as part of its 20by20 commitment to create 50,000 new jobs by the year 2020.