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Now’s The Time To Take Up Temporary Work

Published: Monday 6th April 2020

It’s not just hand sanitiser and toilet roll that are seeing an upturn due to the coronavirus pandemic. Whilst there are increased risks to health right now, there is a high supply of temporary jobs – both paid work and voluntary work. Whether you’re looking to earn a few extra pennies and keep yourself busy or you’re financially struggling, here are the industries that are currently booming as well as a list of temporary jobs available for immediate start.

Temporary roles at Supermarkets

Supermarkets and grocery stores, selling necessities have been under siege as panicked shoppers stock their pantries. That’s led to a hiring spree with stores seeking thousands of extra workers to stock shelves, pick goods and deliver to customers.

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Tesco Jobs – Tesco has recently announced that the company will be hiring around 20,000 temporary workers, employing them for the next 12 weeks minimum. Many of these new roles are marked as “immediate start” looking to recruit urgently.

Aldi – Aldi is currently advertising 4,000 permanent roles and 5,000 temporary jobs at stores and distribution centres as an attempt to cover the emerging demand that has been recently created due to coronavirus. As stated, new workers will start immediately, with a minimum of £9.30 PH.

Co-op Jobs – The Co-op is creating 5,000 roles in stores across the country, aiming its jobs at former hospitality workers in an attempt to help them during these unprecedented and unexpected economic challenges. Co-op pledges to have simplified its recruitment process to get staff working as soon as possible with both temporary and permanent roles available.

Lidl – Lidl is currently recruiting 2,500 new staff with an immediate start on four-week temporary contracts. Lidl is also particularly keen to hear from workers who have lost their jobs aiming to help those most in need.

Morrison’s – Morrison’s has announced it will be hiring 1,000 distribution centre workers and around 2,500 pickers and drivers to expand home deliveries in order to meet current surge in demand. It is also planning to launch a call centre to help take orders over the phone from customers who do not shop online.

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E-commerce marketplaces

People are moving online to do their shopping. With consumers staying home and avoiding public places, it makes sense that some e-commerce retailers will see an upsurge in traffic and will have to recruit extra staff in order to meet consumer needs. Already, Amazon is adding 100,000 new jobs to manage the extra demand.

Temporary roles in healthcare, nursing and medical

Not surprisingly in a massive public health crisis, healthcare, nursing and pharmaceutical companies are hiring. The NHS is in need of support to meet the demands of a growing number of patients amid the coronavirus crisis. Therefore, any trained nurses can apply to one of the over 2,700 opportunities available, and of course there are also more than 1,000 doctor and GP jobs out there… Other roles that have experienced a job boom are support workers and care assistants as well as childcare staff and cleaners.

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Pharmaceutical companies are inevitably playing a large role in the crisis. Lloyds Pharmacy, the chemist chain, needs 1,500 temporary and permanent roles filling over the coming days. Vacancies include dispensers, pharmacists, delivery drivers and warehouse staff across its 1,400 branches.

Logistics and delivery

Logistics and delivery services are another industry that have seen their business booming throughout the last couple of months. This is no doubt due to the fact that many people are self-isolating and working from home, therefore in need of deliveries. For example, national pizza chain Dominos is looking to hire delivery drivers. Meanwhile, UK food delivery app Deliveroo has launched a “no-contact drop-off service”. In fact, in the past week more than 200 new delivery driver jobs have been created nationwide.

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Entertainment streaming and gaming

Platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime video, and Disney+ have all reported increased viewership. As a result, more than 1,000 gaming and software development jobs are currently available.

If you are looking for a job, whether this is temporary work, full-time or part-time, why not try Zoek today.  Free to download on iPhone and Android app, as well as on website, Zoek is the faster, smarter way to find jobs. So, head over to search, match and apply for your next UK temp job! For more industry news and career advice visit Zoek’s blog or follow us on Twitter @ZoekJobApp.

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