EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom


Sector: Retail
Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
47.11 - Retail sale in non-specialised stores with food, beverages or tobacco predominating
Number Employed: 103000

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 08-09-2020
Type of Restructuring: Business expansion
Planned Job Creation: 1000

Additional Information

Morrisons, the British supermarket chain has announced that it will offer permanent jobs to ‘thousands’ of existing temporary staff across the UK, in response to the increased demand for online shopping. The majority of the affected roles are in picking and delivering online orders.

A statement by the company said that since the start of the COVID-19, it had hired 45,000 temporary staff and more than 6,000 of those jobs had been made permanent. A spokesperson for Morrisons said this had been 'the largest recruitment drive' of the company’s history.

Morrisons has 500 ‘superstores’ in the UK and it employed 97,000 workers before the pandemic started. In addition to its online shop and home delivery, the company has also started to deliver standardised ‘food boxes', which include essential groceries and their products have also become available on Amazon and Deliveroo.