LOCAL NEWS: Thousands of jobs lost and created during crisis


Whilst jobs are being lost due to Covid-19, they are also being created as many supermarkets and others need extra staff.

Many factory, retail, hospitality and leisure jobs have disappeared overnight – stories can be seen such as Wetherspoons boss Tim Martin advising staff to look elsewhere for work, and hotels telling staff they are no longer required – jobs are also emerging in driving, online ordering, food production and cleaning.

Supermarkets are recruiting across the country in order to keep their shelves full and help with the surplus of demand.

A YouGov poll suggests that one in twenty Brits have already lost their job due to the pandemic, and one in three people fear for the future.

Experts have warned that almost a million jobs could be lost across the country, despite Government interventions.

But recruitment groups, such as Berry Recruitment Group (BRG), who have a branch in Poole, are helping people move from one role to another.

Chris Chown, managing director of BRG, said: “We supply thousands of temporary workers in many sectors each day.

“Those roles in leisure, hospitality and retail have been severely hit, as have some manufacturing jobs. However, there has been a new and pressing demand for staff in other roles.

“Supermarkets need people in their stores as well as in their depots and distribution centres, and drivers are required to move goods about and make essential deliveries.

“We have thousands of brilliant workers who are being re-deployed and we can act as a clearing house for workers and employers.

“Clients need cleaners, and chefs are still required but not necessarily in their usual places of work.

“With travel from abroad largely shut down we can’t access the usual pool of international workers, so there will be increased farmhand and production work.”

Staff at BRG and other recruitment agencies are working hard to keep temporary workers occupied and help clients find staff they need in these unusual times.


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