By Tara Rippin •
Published: 15 Apr 2021 • 15:28
Costa Blanca supermarket chain Consum to hire 4,000 staff for the summer season.
THE Valencian firm is offering 4,000 jobs for ‘reinforcement for the summer months’ and to cover the holidays of staff at its 460 supermarkets.
The full and part-time positions will have three to six-month contracts with salaries starting at €1,200.
Consum created nearly 1,400 jobs in 2020 to reach a workforce of about 17,400 people.
“This represents a record figure in the generation of stable and quality employment, taking as a reference the last five years, in which more than 900 jobs have been created, on average per year,” said the company in a statement.
“The year 2020 was also a record year for contracts made due to the pandemic. For this reason, Consum hired 6,149 people and carried out 2,873 extensions of the working day since the health crisis began.”
In recognition of the ‘enormous effort’ made by staff throughout this pandemic year, the Cooperative awarded its employees with two ‘Covid bonuses’, which amounted to an average of €600 combined.
The bonuses were handed out in March 2020 and January 2021 at a cost of more than €8.5 million to the company.
Last month, retail giant Mercadona announced the creation of a range of new jobs throughout the country in the run-up to Easter and summer 2021.
The company is currently sourcing staff for various establishments and positions all across Spain.
The main positions on offer are for supermarket staff to serve at the tills and replenish stock, while the company is also recruiting warehouse personnel.
In the province of Alicante, there are vacancies at Mercadona’s establishments in Orihuela, Albatera, Crevillent, Calpe, Benissa and Aspe among others, while several locations in both Valencia and Castellon are also seeking new staff for their summer and Easter campaigns.
The supermarket also recently confirmed its intention to distribute more than €4 million in bonuses to its 90,000 workforce throughout Spain and Portugal as a thank you for their efforts during the pandemic.
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
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