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If you are looking for temporary or Christmas jobs this year at Sainsburys we have more information down this page. If you're want details of some of the other big employers with seasonal vacancies follow the link to our Christmas recruitment pages.
Welcome to the Sainsburys jobs page, it is a recruitment feature that has been running for nearly a decade. In that time we have had hundreds of thousands of people visit us, in turn we have received a considerable amount of feedback from our users. If you have experience of Sainsburys.jobs or part time or full time vacancies and want to share your views with other job seekers check out our feedback information at the foot of the page. For most local Sainsbury store jobs you will generally need to be living within a 10 mile radius. If you are looking for more vacancies visit the local jobs page.
The aim of this feature is to provide some general guidance based on actual jobseekers experience for candidates looking to apply for a Sainsbury's job. We also aim to present the current recruitment campaign of the company as well as publishing some added value information that will help our users to make a successful application.
For the last five years the company has been running 'internet only' recruitment, meaning you can only access jobs and career help online through the apposite channels. The purpose of our page is to condense the huge amount of material that exists into helpful chunks that provide an up to date and relevant guide that will help anyone looking for a career with leading Supermarkets.
For work experience and local vacancies you may wish to visit your local Sainsburys store and take a look around before you apply. We provide some key recruitment tips below but our general advice is to undertake some research before you submit your application.
This link for the Sainsburys Trainee Management scheme.
Full time and part time Christmas jobs are available at most local stores. Expect something like 15,000 seasonal vacancies on temporary contracts. Where jobs are available temporary employees can be offered a permanent job if they impress over the Christmas period. Jobs start to be published in October and are filled soon after, contracts can be for varied periods and can include the months of November, December and January. Visit your local store or watch the main sainsburys.job website. We generally publish more details here as they are announced.
The stores that we see in and around our town centres are actually part of Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd which has J Sainsburys plc as its parent company. Today it is branded simply as Sainsbury's. The business started life in London in the mid 19th century, making it one of the oldest retailers in the UK. The founders were John and Mary Sainsbury, and the family has retained an interest in the company ever since.
In simple numbers; over 21 million customers shop at the supermarket each week, the current UK workforce totals just under 150,000 people.
"...thanks for all the free info but did you know Sainsburys were not accepting any applications between the 6th and 13th May? What's the point of having an 'online only' recruitment policy if your website doesn't work. Do me a favour and stop linking to resources that aren't working.... Sara from Bexleyheath"
"Dear Yourcounty, have you thought about providing a wage comparison feature for hourly paid staff working in the retail sector, if I had known how much Aldi pay an hour I would applied with them. When you're doing a basic job the difference between £6.80, £7.50 and £8.50 an hour is huge. It might be nice if any such feature could factor in other benefits and perks. My auntie works for Waitrose and although the basic pay is similar to mine she gets a massive bonus every year. Carol Lee"
Our employment guide and advice is below. A quick word about completing online application forms - Don't underestimate the task, if you want a job treat them seriously, the employer will!
There are literally hundreds of official and unofficial pages of information about retail vacancies in general and Sainsburys careers in particular; we have identified and emphasized the key points and present them here for the benefit of potential job seekers. These details are for information only and subject to change, always check details with the Sainsburys.jobs website where you can also search for current jobs.
The first thing is to decide what job? For recruitment purposes the company is divided into eight distinct employment areas, comprising literally hundreds of jobs. It's our aim to provide you with a snapshot of job opportunities at Sainsburys, together with help and information that will assist job seekers in submitting the best possible application.
The most public and most important part of the company, it's where the majority of employees work and the profits made. To give you a flavour store jobs include: Administration, Confectioner, Product Control, Counter Assistant, Team Leader, Checkout Assistant, General Assistant, Customer Service Assistant, Petrol Customer Service Assistant, Restaurant Staff, Delivery Driver, Online Shopper, Non Food and Clothing, Training and Warehouse Staff. There are also in-store apprenticeships, when the course is completed successfully you could have an NVQ level 3 qualification. Sainsburys currently have three in-store schemes, it's a great way to study whilst working and earning a wage.
Store management is responsible for 'sailing the ship' on the best possible course, managing a multi million pound business and making it successful. Roles include: Store Management, Department Management, Training and HR.
Based in London, the Store Support Centre is the beating heart of the company, it's where the 1,000 stores nationwide are sustained and managed from. The functions run from this centre include many of those that you would associate with the corporate department of a multi million pound business such as: Secretarial and Personal Assistants to Senior Executives, Procurement, Marketing, IT, HR, Finance and much more.
This retailer has a mixed distribution strategy, a significant part of the logistics is contracted out to specialists such as TDG and Wincanton, the balance being carried out in-house. The backbone of the group's distribution are the regional centres at: Basingstoke, Bristol, Dartford, Exeter, Haydock, Langlands Park, Northampton, Greenford, Coleshill, Belfast, Sherburn, St Albans and Waltham Point. Published vacancies might include: Warehouse Jobs, Transport Planning and Supply Train Management, Driving and Clerical Support.
Many larger shops include an in-store pharmacy, typically employing: a Dispensing Assistant, Pharmacist, Pharmacy Manager and Dispensing Technician. Advice can be given in private from within a consultation room. Sainsburys pharmacies offer a range of services in addition to the sale of medicines and making up of prescription, not all services are available at all pharmacies.
The programme is closed for 2012, you can register an interest for future recruitment. We'll be publishing more information when the 2013 programme opens.
Yourcounty has been running job pages and helpful recruitment advice for over a decade, in that time we've built up some general help and specific hints for job seekers. These cover some of the main areas you might like to consider when putting together an application.
If you're successful with the online application you may be invited to: testing, interview and assessment.
If you made it to an interview you'll need to start to think about what happens next. As well as ticking all the boxes (do some research, look the part, turn up in good time) you might want to think about the kind of questions you're likely to be asked in the interview. We list a few subjects actually raised in interviews with large retail companies, they may not be asked at your own interview but they will start to get your mind working along the lines necessary to impress:
At the time of writing you could apply for vacancies online through the main Sainsburys.jobs website.
If you have some feedback about Sainsburys jobs or their recruitment process you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We take care over our content but we're happy to correct any factual errors, please see our disclaimer.
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