300 new jobs boost

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Prescot has been handed a second major jobs boost after a supermarket giant announced plans to open a 20,000sq ft delivery hub in the borough.

Ocado, the online food retailer, will create 300 new jobs when it opens its new site on Knowsley Industrial Park.

The delivery centre will be the regional base for up to 120 delivery vans ferrying products to homes across Merseyside.

Bosses at the supermarket chain are now looking for drivers to fill a number of posts before the November opening.

Candidates can be from any background but must possess a UK driving licence.

Julie Markey, Ocado’s human resources director, said: “In just a few short years Ocado has grown from a tiny start-up to a company that employs over 7,000 people and we’re delighted to announce the creation of 300 new jobs in Merseyside as we continue to develop our business in the North West of England.

“Recruiting brilliant drivers is critical to our success as they are the face of our brand, delivering groceries into thousands of our customer’s kitchens every day.

“People can shape their own future; in fact many drivers who joined our team last year have already developed into managerial, marshalling or training roles.”

Salaries at all levels are highly competitive, with premium rates paid for evening and weekend shifts, plus 15 per cent staff discount, and additional benefits including pension schemes, free shares and private healthcare.

It is the second boost to jobs and retail in Prescot in recent weeks following the announcement that Marks and Spencer would be opening a store at the Cables Retails Unit.

The store will open in October and will create 50 jobs.