Morrisons is to add 5,000 workers to its staff as the supermarket looks to develop its ‘fresh for you everyday’ proposition.

The staff will be recruited across its fresh meat, fish and bakery counters.

“Working at Morrisons is not just a job,” human resources group director Norman Pickavance told the Financial Times. “We’re providing people with real careers.”

Pickavance said the supermarket would also be ploughing cash into new training schemes for an additional 18,000 staff.

The news comes after Sainsbury’s last week confirmed its own plans to recruit an additional 5,000 workers, while Tesco is set to add up to 10,000 jobs in 2009.

The announcements represent rare positive news in the jobs market, with the collapse of Woolworths alone having resulted in the loss of more than 25,000 positions.