Supermarkets are urgently recruiting staff across the UK because of coronavirus. Supermarkets and online delivery services have been exceptionally busy during the coronavirus outbreak, forcing stores to limit the amount of products consumers can buy to prevent stockpiling.
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At Asda, workers will be offered shifts or temporary roles, the supermarket said, to help other companies that have been hard hit by the virus.
Current workers at the supermarket - which is owned by US supermarket giant Walmart - are being encouraged to recruit people on social media, as well as friends and family.
Asda is also asking restaurant and cafe workers who have been made redundant elsewhere to come and work at stores, with an aim to reopen its own deli and pizza counters. Several Asda stores across Leeds have said they are in "desperate" need of more staff to restock shelves and keep stores running. All shift patterns are available, including night shifts, with a raft of options available to those looking for work.
Earlier this week, Morrisons announced it was creating 3,500 new jobs across the UK to expand its home delivery service to meet demand caused by self-isolating and social distancing. They will recruit around 2,500 pickers and drivers to expand their home delivery, and 1,000 people to work in the company's distribution centres.
As part of their plans to ensure customers can still shop when at home, they are launching a customer call centre for food orders to be taken over the phone for those who cannot online shop.
Tesco has announced plans to recruit new staff to cope with the coronavirus outbreak overwhelming stores. The UK's biggest grocer said it would recruit 20,000 temporary workers for at least the next 12 weeks.
"With the COVID-19 situation evolving every day, and unprecedented high demand, we urgently need to recruit extra temporary in-store colleagues. Working in our stores, you'll play a key role in keeping our shelves stocked, helping our customers get what they need during this challenging time".
To cope with the demand for home deliveries, supermarket giant Iceland is now recruiting for delivery drivers.
Aldi said it was "recruiting like never before" with 9,000 roles being made available across the country.
'Across the country our warehouses are making sure that everything keeps arriving at our stores on time, so we can feed the nation. Apply today and help keep our lines moving in these unprecedented times'
As a result of Covid19, new opportunities are now available for Stock Assistants to help support these teams, on a minimum 4 week fixed term contract.
Worried about how the current climate may be affecting your employability while a lot of companies are on a temporary recruitment freeze? Working for your local supermarket will be a great way to be proactive and keep your CV updated. This is a chance to help your local community and develop your soft skills further, which employers will find really desirable when you return to graduate based applications.