Thousands apply for 150 jobs at new Tesco in Gosport

READY From left, Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage, Tesco's personnel manager Kim Evans and store manager Nigel Perman
READY From left, Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage, Tesco's personnel manager Kim Evans and store manager Nigel Perman

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MORE than 4,000 job-hunters applied for just over 150 posts at the soon-to-open Tesco store in Rowner.

Staff at the supermarket giant say all vacancies, which 4,300 people applied for, have now been filled by Gosport residents.

Applicants had to answer a series of questions online, with 826 of them being successful and securing an interview.

That includes 55 long-term unemployed people who were guaranteed an interview through the JobCentre.

From this, 672 of them were invited for a short trial at existing Tesco stores in Fareham and Portsmouth where they were assessed on how they did with customers.

Nigel Perman is the manager of the new store.

He said he was looking forward to working with his new team, who are currently training at stores in the surrounding area.

He said: ‘We had 4,300 people apply online, which is an astronomical amount of people – really surprising.

‘It also shows the need for jobs out there. It was great phoning these people up and telling them they’ve got a job.

‘They were so ecstatic and grateful they’ve got a job.

But Nichola Stanley, 40, of Cochrane Close in Rowner, said she is concerned that people in the area are not getting the jobs.

She was rejected at the online application stage.

She said: ‘We definitely need jobs in Gosport, the Gosport community is dropping like flies.

‘Everywhere you look people are dying to get a job.

‘It’s just unfair on people, we need jobs in Gosport.’

As reported, the number of people claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance in Gosport has dropped by 71, from 1,582 in February to 1,511 in March.

And it is a drop of 204 from March last year.

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage yesterday visited the store, which is due to open on May 23.

She said: ‘It’s very attractive, there are a whole lot of job options there, so you can see how it would appeal to a lot of people all over our area.

‘We don’t have relatively high unemployment, we’re still in the bottom third in the country.

‘But a lot of people have to out commute to work, so work that’s within the Gosport peninsula is very attractive.’

The new store is part of the Rowner Renewal project, which is transforming the deprived estate.