Tesco try to play dumb on Twitter job squabble
Tesco don't need to much to incur the wrath of people, especially those online. Twitter went apoplectic overnight as everyone was alerted to a spectacularly lousy job offer. If you didn't see it, click here. The advert was posted on the Jobcentre Plus website, and offered one lucky applicant the chance to be a nightshift worker for no wage. Worse still, you'd have to live in East Anglia.
Well, after hell broke loose, Tesco have now appeared waving a white flag and shushing everyone while they do their best impression of remorse.
A Tesco spokesman insists that the advert was an honest mistake, and should have been for work experience, rather than a permanent job role.
He said: "The advert is a mistake caused by an IT error by Jobcentre Plus and is being rectified. It is an advert for work experience with a guaranteed job interview at the end of it as part of a government-led work experience scheme.
"We take our responsibility as Britain's biggest private sector employer seriously. This includes giving young people valuable experience of the workplace, and 300 young people have so far gone on to get permanent employment with us as a result of work experience in recent months, but not as a replacement or substitute for our permanent staff.
"In general, Tesco staff receive a higher level of basic pay than any other supermarket, without exception."
Are you buying that?