Online supermarket Ocado has taken a leaf out of the Dogs Trust slogan ’a dog is for life not just for Christmas’, in its latest recruitment drive.

The company is on the hunt to fill 1,000 jobs next month and is stressing that the new opportunities were “for life, not just for Christmas”. 

The vacancies include more than 200 roles for personal shoppers at its customer fulfilment centre in Dordon, West Midlands, and more than 600 across the country for drivers - including 200 roles across service delivery hubs in Enfield, North London, Weybridge, Surrey, Wimbledon, south west London, and Ruislip, Middlesex.

”Over the last decade, Ocado has grown from a tiny start-up to a company that employs over 8,000 people in the UK,” said Julie Markey, Ocado’s human resources director.

”While we’re looking to fill many of these roles by December, we’re keen to stress that the new opportunities we’re creating are for life, not just for Christmas.

“These are permanent jobs, showing that we’re not just busy in December like most retailers – we’re busy all year round as people are shifting their shopping habits to buying online,” Markey said.