Employer profile


Updated: September, 2021

About Tesco

At Tesco, we welcome individuality and uniqueness. We always want our colleagues to feel they can be themselves at work and we’re committed to helping them be at their best. We’re building an inclusive workplace, a place to actively celebrate the cultures, personalities and preferences of our colleagues who share the same purpose, to serve our customers a little better every day, and you’ll have a vital part to play.

You’ll be given responsibility from day one, so you can gain confidence in your role through hands-on experience. You’ll have access to a wide variety of workshops and resources, online or at Heart, our on-site training academy, to help you develop skills like building your network, adaptable thinking and leading change, as well as looking after your wellbeing. And don’t worry, you’ll be supported throughout your graduate programme by your manager and your buddy – they were in your shoes not so long ago.

You'll gain a breadth of experience that will help you think about your future at Tesco, beyond your programme, as there is a wide variety of job opportunities. As you finish your programme, you should be well-equipped to excel in a role that plays to your unique strengths and interests.

What you need to know

Salary - we offer graduates a competitive salary of £28,000 - £32,000, depending on the programme, and a permanent contract. You’ll also be eligible for a bonus payment, depending on your own performance and how the business performs.

Benefits – graduates get 20 days holiday pro rata, plus a personal day. You’ll also receive access to exclusive deals and discounts, saving you money on everyday purchases and treats, not to mention 10% off at Tesco once you’ve been here for three months.

Pension - even though retirement may be many years away, you’ll be offered the Tesco Retirement Savings Plan when you join. You can choose to save from 4% and we’ll match how much you pay, up to 7.5%.

What it’s like working here – the office is a relaxed and friendly environment, with a casual dress code. We have flexible work spaces and places to enjoy down-time with colleagues, like sports pitches and cafes. Office colleagues get a laptop, so they can work anywhere on campus and sometimes from home.

For Retail graduates it’s all about face-to-face interactions with our customers and leading a team. A role in retail will involve some early starts, late finishes, night shifts and working weekends and bank holidays. Serving millions of shoppers a week in our stores is hard work, but very rewarding.

Learning path – You’ll build your skills for the future with real-life experience, workshops and resources, as well as support and mentoring from your colleagues. Our on-site training academy makes it easy to take advantage of learning sessions – from quick Lunch and Learns to more in-depth courses. Retail graduates will also have the same access to training, but delivered locally by one of our experienced Learning Partners.

Health and wellbeing – We want to inspire and help colleagues to look after their mental and physical wellbeing, so they can feel great at work and at home. You'll be offered free enrollment to the Headspace app, which can help you experience a calmer, clearer mind, in just a few minutes each day. You’ll also have access to resources developed in partnership with experts such as Mind, Nuffield Health and the British Nutrition Foundation.

Graduate programmes

We have a wide range of graduate opportunities, including our Business programme where you will gain a breadth of valuable experience early in your career, with the opportunity to work in different parts of the business. You might prefer to specialise in a particular area and join one of our graduate programmes in finance or technology, including roles across cyber security, product, programme and software engineering. We also have a new Retail programme, offering the opportunity to gain management experience in different store formats, as well as a Distribution Centre or Customer Fulfilment Centre.

Applications for our 2022 programmes are now open. Find out more and apply

Work sectors

retail and FMCG


UK wide

How to apply

We recruit on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Contact details

Shire Park
Kestrel Way
Welwyn Garden City

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