COVID-19 has caused job losses across many industries, however a few industries are seeing a surge in demand as certain services are needed now more than ever, including grocery jobs, delivery services, health care and seasonal farm work.
In a rapidly changing situation, a number of major supermarkets have advertised to ‘Feed the nation’. The response has been so great that some have closed their recruitment for the time being as they sift through applications. As of 26/03/2020 Tesco is still advertising for temporary staff with an immediate start but it is possible other supermarkets will reopen recruitment. It’s worth keeping an eye on retailers for possible short-term vacancies as the situation with COVID-19 develops over the coming weeks.
In the field of logistics, there is a demand for delivery drivers. Keep an eye on national couriers such as Hermes, Deliveroo and Uber Eats as well as local courier companies.
Looking ahead, there is a growing need for long-distance delivery drivers. According to a recent advert from HGV Training Network on Monster.co.uk ‘there is an estimated shortage of over 50,000 qualified drivers’. No experience is necessary for these roles and full training is provided*.
In health care, there is some demand for support workers in the community directly as a consequence of the current pandemic. Better Healthcare Services are looking for Community Care Support Workers to start immediately working full or part time with flexible shifts. Again training is provided and no experience necessary.
Finally recent reports from the farming industry have expressed concerns that the current restrictions on travel could have a devastating impact on the harvesting of British fruit and vegetables; work which is usually undertaken by seasonal workers, often from overseas. With the harvesting season due to get underway in April labour specialists HOPS has put a call out for British people to apply for jobs picking and packing fruit and veg. See also British Summer Fruits, Love Fresh Berries, Concordia and G’s.
*you will need to be over 18 years of age and hold a valid UK driving license.