Supermarket group Asda is to recruit an extra 7,000 staff across the UK this year, its owner Wal-Mart has said.
Asda needs the staff to work at the 25 new stores it plans to open, as well as to boost staffing levels at five sites.
The group has decided to focus on “frontline” in-store staffing in a bid to boost its customer service.
In July 2005, Asda announced it was axing 1,400 middle managers and taking on 2,500 shop workers.
That announcement was followed in November with the news that it would be investing £10m on recruiting an extra 2,000 staff in the UK.