Shoprite creates youth jobs despite lockdown

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As the latest unemployment figures in South Africa scales new heights, the Shoprite Group has continued to create and retain jobs, with a special focus on youth the supermarket chain said in a statement on Wednesday.a man and a woman standing in front of a store© Provided by The South African

The retailer, which is the largest private sector employer in South Africa, had 144 844 employees at the end of its 2021 financial year. Of these, 65% are under the age of 35 and 64% are women.  

Despite the effects of the lockdown and the recent unrest on retail trade, which affected many of the Group’s businesses, it still managed to create 4 608 new jobs in South Africa, two thirds of which were taken up by young people below 35 years of age.  

“This included the creation of 2 870 new jobs at Checkers Sixty60, the Group’s on-demand delivery service which continues to grow rapidly, and 250 new jobs created by the ShopriteX innovation hub. Both of these illustrate the Group’s ability to create jobs alongside technology innovation,” Shoprite said.

“The Shoprite Group prides itself on job creation and retention, as well as the provision of training to unemployed people to improve their chances of getting a job and ongoing support for suppliers to ensure their businesses are sustainable and that they have a route to market, helping to ensure they are also able to create jobs.  

It continues to innovate to create new businesses and new job opportunities,” Shoprite said.

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