Tesco, Britain's largest retailer, is planning to recruit 30,000 temporary workers for the Christmas period, it said on Friday.
Earlier this month, the supermarket group raised its annual profit forecast and said it was upbeat about prospects for Christmas trading.
It said the jobs would mainly be in its larger supermarkets with roles on checkouts, store replenishment and picking orders for home delivery.
A spokesperson for Tesco noted that last year it initially targeted the recruitment of 15,000 temporary workers but ended up taking on 30,000.
Sainsbury's Recruitment Drive
Last year it recruited 18,000.
'Sainsbury’s will welcome temporary colleagues earlier than usual this year, starting as early as this week,' it said in a statement on Thursday.
'This will ensure there are plenty of colleagues ready to help and serve customers, whether they like to plan ahead or leave their Christmas shopping to the last minute.'
Sainsbury's said it had improved staff perks for the festive season, with an increased staff discount offer and free food during shifts.
On Monday Amazon UK said it would hire over 15,000.
Last week Morrisons and Aldi said they were hiring 3,500 and 3,000 extra staff respectively.