Tesco has announced plans to take on 225 new drivers for its home grocery shopping service.

The supermarket group is adding 100 new delivery vans to its service and has begun an internal and external recruitment campaign to staff the routes.

It says the roles will come on stream on a phased basis over the coming weeks.

Applicants will require a full, clean category B driver's licence.

Existing Tesco staff will have the opportunity to "extend their banded contracts or diversify into these new roles", the retailer said.

The expansion of the home grocery service comes despite a wider reopening of the economy and the phased ending of pandemic restrictions.

The demand for grocery delivery services grew substantially during the pandemic.

The latest recruitment drive from Tesco suggests that the demand has held up.

"In the past year, we've worked hard to ensure our home shopping services could cater for increased demand, and that those who needed to access them could do so," Kari Daniels, CEO of Tesco Ireland, said.

"As our home shopping services - delivery and Click & Collect - continue to grow, we now need to recruit more drivers to support this expansion," she added.

Tesco has operated in the Irish retail market since 1997, and with 151 stores nationwide it employs over 13,000 people here.

Today's new jobs follow the recruitment of 1,150 new positions for stores late last year.