About US

Sainsbury's was founded in 1869 by John James Sainsbury and his wife Mary Ann Sainsbury in London and has since gone on to become one of the UK’s biggest retailers.

Today Sainsbury’s operates over 1,374 supermarkets and convenience stores and employs around 161,000 colleagues. Sainsbury’s put their customers at the heart of everything they do and have invested in their stores, colleagues and product channels to deliver the very best possible shopping experience to their customers.

Sainsbury’s strong culture and values are part of their identity and success and their values provide the framework for how they do business guiding Sainsbury’s in everything they do; from key business decisions to day-to-day activities.

Sainsbury’s promise to help customers ‘Live Well for Less’ is about more than just price. Their values are integral to their relationships with suppliers, colleagues and other stakeholders. The retailer aims to ensure they differentiate from their competitors, giving a real commercial advantage.

OUR Stores

Sainsburys operate a variety of store formats that are designed to meet with specific customer requirements and locations.  There are two main store formats; regular Sainsbury's supermarkets and Sainsbury's Local convenience stores.

Stores in the 'supermarket' category all have similar layouts and operations but may vary in their offering to the customer, for example, most will have a convenience kiosk, ambient produce, meat, fish, groceries, frozen foods and manned and self-service checkouts. However, depending on the size of the store they may also have an in-store bakery, clothing ranges, a butcher, a fishmonger, a delicatessen, a pizza counter, a cafe, a mobile phone shop, a petrol station and an online picking department.

In total, Sainsbury’s Local own 700 convenience stores and employ over 14,000 colleagues. The stores have a different branding and fascia to the companies’ supermarkets and each Local store is typically around 4,500 sq. ft.  Sainsbury’s Local aims to provide local people with fresh, quality food at affordable prices within walking distance of their home. Currently, Sainsbury’s are actively pursuing new sites to expand their convenience store portfolio across the UK.


our colleagues

Across all of its businesses Sainsbury's employs roughly 161,000 people who are referred to as 'colleagues'.  In 2013, Sainsbury's won the Employer of the Year at the Oracle Retail Week Awards which is understandable given the reward, recognition and development schemes that are employed by the company to benefit their staff.

Colleagues benefit from a percentage discount on most products, discounts on Sainsbury's Banking products and access to various discounts at hundreds of other retailers. And whilst the majority of colleagues do not belong to a Union the company maintains good relationships with Unions representing colleagues.  Additionally, Sainsbury's runs a wide variety of payroll 'extras' for colleagues, the main being a percentage bonus on a store by store basis for successful mystery shopper and product availability scores throughout the year. Other optional extras include contributory pension schemes, investment in shares, loans for public transport tickets and grants for bicycle purchase.

In regards to development within the Sainsbury’s brand, 2010 saw the business open seven food Colleges that educate employees in the disciplines of fishmongery, butchery, bread making and confectioning.  So far, 21,000 colleagues have been trained at these venues and additionally, further qualifications can be gained through in house training with over 15,400 colleagues being awarded City and Guild qualifications in the last 7 years.


Sainsbury’s is a unique retail environment. Their Convenience brand is fast-paced, team-focused and constantly changing.  Sainsbury’s seeks to create opportunities for colleagues to learn quickly, develop their skills and take on management responsibilities to enhance their colleague’s careers. In a convenience store, you’ll soon get to know how every aspect of the retail operation functions – so you’ll build a really broad base of knowledge from which to launch your career.

McCarthy Recruitment continue to support Sainsburys with recruiting the right colleagues into the business who are able to demonstrate their values and high quality service.


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