Morrisons has unveiled plans to create 5,000 new jobs this year as part of its programme to expand store space.

The UK retailer said the jobs would be created across the business and include positions in its "Market Street" in-store butchers, bakers and fishmongers.

"Morrisons is committed to hiring and training new people to keep retail as the engine room of the economy and support our continuing growth," Norman Pickavance, group HR director for Morrisons, said.

The company also announced that it is enhancing its training programme, with the establishment of the Fresh Food Academy, which aims to train 18,000 employees in its first year.

"The Fresh Food Academy will strengthen Morrisons position as the UK's leading proponent of retail craft food skills; skills which help people build a career and help Morrisons further increase the quality, value and service we provide to our customers," Pickavance said.

The news follows a similar announcement by larger rival Sainsbury's, which last week revealed that it was going to create around 2,000 jobs to drive growth.