Hundreds apply to be Waitrose ‘partners’


A new branch of supermarket Waitrose has hired new 150 staff after receiving almost 1,900 applications from hopeful candidates.

Recruitment for the new branch in Milngavie is now complete, after attracting the highest number of applicants for a Scottish branch of the popular store.

Waitrose Milngavie is the supermarket’s seventh branch in Scotland and brings the number of Scottish Waitrose employees, called ‘partners’ by the firm, to over 1000.

Vacancies were a mix of full-time and part-time positions and ranged from food service assistants to customer service and administration assistants.

Recruitment took place online, through the John Lewis Partnership’s dedicated recruitment site,, and through the local Job Centre Plus.

The new partners will receive training in venues in Waitrose’s branches on Byres Road, in Stirling and in Newton Mearns. Partners working in the new branch’s bakery eat-in area will travel to England for training, as the new bakery area isn’t available in other Scottish branches.

David Sharp, branch manager for Waitrose Milngavie, said: “We had an incredible response to our recruitment drive in Milngavie and the calibre of the applicants was outstanding.

“We’ve adapted how we recruit for this branch, to reflect the demand for more full-time positions in the local area.

“Waitrose is employee-owned, which means that all of our new Partners will have a say in how the business is run, and access to all the benefits that come with working in the John Lewis Partnership.

“Each year our Partners will receive their share of our profits through the bonus scheme – meaning that a substantial proportion of Waitrose Milngavie’s profits will stay in the local community.”

Waitrose Milngavie will open at 8am on Thursday, June 11.