Woolworths unveils 7,000 new jobs

Retailer to create 6981 new jobs across its Australian business division this financial year.

Woolworths (WOW) says it will create almost 7,000 new jobs across its Australian business division this financial year, primarily through the opening of new stores.

The retail giant said it will open 108 new stores across its portfolio that will generate new job opportunities in Woolworths Supermarkets, as well as in Dan Murphy’s, BWS, BIG W, Masters and Home Timber and Hardware stores.

The types of jobs that have been created are many and varied, from customer service staff to senior retail management roles, the retailer said.

Woolworths, Australia’s second largest employer, said it was "proud" to be creating employment acrossthe country. It employs more than 180,000 people, or 1.5% of the Australian workforce.

The news comes after the unemployment rate held steady in line with expectations in February, according to data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The data shows full-time employment rose strongly, with the number of full-time jobs lifting by 80,500 to 8.05 million and the number of part-time jobs falling by 33,300 to 3.5m.