Waitrose has announced plans to create 2,000 extra jobs in 2015.
The supermarket said the positions would be in new and extended shops as well as an e-commerce grocery depot opening this year.
From spring, the retailer is opening 14 new shops including seven new supermarkets and seven Waitrose convenience stores.
The new stores will be in Oxford, Guildford, Basingstoke, Wollaton in Nottinghamshire, Milngavie in Dumbartonshire, Bagshot in Surrey,and Kings Cross, which will also house a new cookery school.
Smaller outlets will open in Heathfield in East Sussex and a further six locations in the south east.
Waitrose Director of Development Nigel Keen said: "Last year many of our branches received more than 10 applications for every vacancy - so we're delighted to be able to create an additional 2,000 roles in 2015."
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Unemployment fell by 34,000 in the West Midlands in the three months to November, figures from the Office for National Statistics have shown.
173,000 people were out of work in the region between September and November 2014.
Unemployment increased by 1,000 in the East Midlands in the three months to November.
A total of 129,000 people were out of a job in the region between September and November 2014, figures from the Office for National Statistics have shown.
A new report out today shows that Nottingham and Coventry have made it into the top 10 UK cities with the highest growth in jobs.
The Centre for Cities' report looks at growth between 2004 and 2013.
Coventry was seventh on the list, with an 8.4% rise in jobs, just under 12,000.
Nottingham was 10th on the list, with a 7.7% rise in the number of jobs, just under 21,500.
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240 jobs are to go at Nottingham City Council as part of plans to save around £27million from next year's budget.
The authority says it is on the brink of losing vital services. It is also proposing an increase in council tax. The budget goes for approval next March.
The growing car industry in the Midlands is helping people who have not had a job in years get back to work. Many are not used to the quality control standards now demanded by firms like Jaguar Land Rover.
One of its suppliers has set up an academy to drill the message home to jobhunters that working in a factory is not as easy at it looks.
The number of people finding jobs through employment agencies has increased for the 25th month in a row, although the rate of expansion has fallen, according to a new report.
Permanent placements increased fastest in the Midlands during October, while the slowest growth was in the North.
Demand for staff was stronger in private firms rather than the public sector, while pay growth has slowed, said the report by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG.
The slowdown in salary growth comes as little surprise, with many businesses trying to balance the books in the wake of reduced growth and output in some sectors, uncertainty over our relationship with Europe in others, and a reticence to pay over the odds when the right skills seem to be lacking.
Inflation may be easing, but with many people either struggling on low incomes or still behind the earnings curve because of years of pay freezes, it is something employers will have to consider very carefully.
The Unite union says engineering skills will be difficult to replace if there's an increase in business at Rolls-Royce.
Yesterday the company, which employs workers in Derby and Hucknall, announced it was cutting 2,600 to save money and improve efficiency.
The company employs staff in Derby, Hucknall, Warwick and Ansty near Coventry.