British retailer the John Lewis Partnership recently said that it is recruiting for more than 10,000 jobs over the coming months - 1,700 permanent positions and over 8,400 seasonal roles.
It wants over 2,900 seasonal workers for the department stores and over 2,800 for Waitrose, plus a further 2,700 workers for its warehouses and to deliver goods.
Britain's labour market has been tight over the last year but is showing some signs of cooling.
However, official data published earlier this month showed basic wages hit a new record growth rate.
The John Lewis Partnership, which reported a £234 million loss in its 2022-23 year, is half way through a five-year recovery plan and has said it may seek external investment.
Waitrose has teamed up with rapid delivery firm Uber Eats to provide its groceries to shoppers' homes in as little as 20 minutes, the companies said in July.
The company, said that the 'multi-year' partnership launched on the Uber Eats platform in five London stores and will roll out to over 200 stores by the end of August.
Online's share of the total grocery market in Britain was about 7% before COVID-19.
It peaked at about 15% during the pandemic but has since come off to 10.4%, according to market researcher NIQ.