Tesco has revealed it provides over 2,500 jobs in Ealing, as a new report shows the impact that Tesco makes in communities across the UK.
The new research by Public First, for Tesco, has shown that Ealing is one of Tesco’s top locations for jobs provided in the UK. This is made of 1,600 direct jobs as well as a further 800 across the broader supply chain.
Tesco is the UK’s largest retailer, with more than 300,000 employees across the country. In Ealing, Tesco supports 8 per cent of local employment– one of the highest proportions of any location across the UK.
It comes as the report shows that 1 in 5 people across the UK say they have worked in a supermarket at some point in their career and young people see it as the second most available career option in their local area.
Tesco also supports young people, with around 1,000 apprentices nationally combining on-the-job experience with formal training.
Tesco is also calling on Government to introduce reforms to the Apprenticeship Levy. Data from this report suggests that, with additional flexibilities, Tesco could increase the number of apprentices by up to 50%, resulting in an additional 8,000 opportunities across the retail sector.
The new figures are released as part of a wider report showing the importance of Tesco to local communities, which finds that in Ealing Tesco generates over £103m for the local economy each year.
Tesco has also provided nearly £13,000 for local charities in the area over the past two years of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Head of Communities, Claire de Silva said: “We’re really proud of our colleagues in Ealing, and beyond, who do a brilliant job serving the local community – and never more so than over the last 18 months. Not only have they helped to ensure everyone can safely get the food they needed throughout the pandemic, but they’ve also been a lifeline for charities and local organisations, who we work closely with to ensure they receive our donations of surplus food.”