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Sainsbury’s recruits while unemployment climbs

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Supermarket Sainsbury’s is planning to create 50,000 new jobs in the UK by 2020 as part of an ambitious £1b sustainability plan.

According to Sainsbury’s 20 by 20 Sustainability Plan, the supermarket will need to create more than 6,000 jobs a year to meet its target.

The retailer has also set out its intention to build on its existing work with Remploy, Mencap, Shaw Trust and Job Centre plus to provide work opportunities to 30,000 people from disadvantaged groups.

While there is hope of new jobs at Sainsbury’s, today unemployment in the UK officially climbed to 2.57 million.

According to the Office for National Statistics, the unemployment rate has now reached 8.1% – its highest level since 1994.

Centre director at The Work Foundation Ian Brinkley said: “The labour market figures released this morning are very troubling. The fall in employment of 180,000 in a single quarter is comparable to the quarterly losses seen during the depths of the last recession.

“The main mitigating factor in today’s figures is that total hours worked has remained stable, with most of the job losses being part-time. People still in work seem to be increasing their hours at the same time as the workforce contracts.”