The pandemic has had a significant impact on the job market. Several areas of the economy including travel, leisure and hospitality are no longer hiring, and many people have been laid off or furloughed. With the very real health concerns out there, there has also been a significant drop in job seekers with many choosing not to look for work if there is any way they can afford not to.
However, if you’re still looking for a new job, then you may be encouraged to hear that there is still demand for workers in key sectors. Here are 10 different areas that are still hiring now.
While the majority of non-essential retail stores have been closed, many are starting to reopen and supermarkets and hardware stores are still hiring. Roles include Customer Service Assistants, Store Supervisors and Store Managers. Shops that remain open are working hard to implement social distancing measures to ensure that everyone who visits them can remain two metres apart, and colleagues are being briefed on how they can help to reinforce these measures.
Employers currently hiring include Tesco, Co-op, Boots, Lloyds Pharmacy and Booker.
2. Delivery Services
With government guidelines keeping the majority of us at home, there’s been a surge in people ordering shopping online. Takeaways, supermarket groceries and clothing are some of the many items that people are still having delivered direct to their front door. Many delivery services are now operating a no-contact service, where customers who wish to have zero contact with delivery drivers can add a note to their order to specify this. Hours are usually flexible and some allow you to use your own vehicle.
The pandemic has created a shortage of farm workers across the UK, many of whom are responsible for picking and packing fruit and vegetables. In response to the shortage, three leading ethical providers of labour in the UK – HOPS, Fruitful and Concordia – have launched a Feed the Nation Campaign, which aims to fill as many roles as possible. The UK is relying on people to apply for farm roles, so that supermarket shelves can stay well stocked.
It’s not easy work and won’t be suitable for everyone, but for those that love being outside it can come with its own rewards. To find out more about what it’s like to work on a farm and get details on how to apply, check out our full guide.
4. Online Tutoring Services
With kids no longer attending school, there’s been a surge in demand for online tutors. Schools may be closed, but parents are doing their best to tutor children at home – many will be juggling schooling with work responsibilities and could use the extra support. By taking on a tutoring role from the comfort of your own home, you could help children to keep on top of their studies and regain some structure to their day. Both during and after lockdown, tutoring is an incredibly rewarding experience that can leave you with a great sense of satisfaction and achievement.
Websites like TutorChoice and First Tutors are great places to start looking for this type of work and will tell you everything that you need to know to get going. You can also look out for additional opportunities on online job boards. Hours are usually flexible, and you can choose to take on as little or as much work as is convenient for you.
5. Royal Mail
The Royal Mail service has continued to operate throughout the lockdown period; helping the UK to stay connected and delivering essential items. They aren’t currently recruiting people in permanent positions, but are looking for temporary staff to support their operational colleagues in Delivery Offices and Parcel Sort Centres. You can apply for a range of temporary roles through their recruitment partners, Angard Staffing.
The surge in online deliveries has not only seen an increase in demand for delivery drivers, but for Warehouse workers too. These roles involve working as part of a team to fulfil customers’ online orders. Typical tasks could include picking and packing orders, and performing safety and quality checks. Amazon for example has seen a surge in demand and is introducing social distancing measures and protective equipment in its warehouses to try and help workers stay safe.
7. Local Government and the Civil Service
Local government organisations are still hiring and they welcome applications from more mature candidates. You may not be considering running for office, but working in a government role can allow you to channel your interest in helping wider society. Roles are wide ranging and include Probation Officers, Social Care, Financial Analysts and Strategy Advisors. Many will allow you to work remotely during the lockdown.
Whilst certainly not for everyone, Co-op are recruiting for caring people to join their Funeralcare team and help support the communities in which they operate. Typically, you’ll spend time supporting both the funeral itself and the care of the deceased. No experience is required as full training will be provided, but you’ll need to have a genuine desire to help people at the time they need it most. You can read more about ‘How to become a Funeral Arranger’ or view advertised roles on site.
If you’re looking for a job in care and are willing to help those in need during some extremely difficult times for the sector, then you could consider applying for a role in the care sector. Roles include Care Assistants, Housekeeping Assistants and Team Leaders.
While there’s an urgent need for people to fill care roles, it’s important to consider that conditions will be significantly tougher than usual. Care homes have struggled to control the spread of coronavirus and are now being described as the “new front line” in the fight against it so any decision to undertake work in a care home at this time should be exercised with caution.
10. Financial Services
The pandemic has had a significant impact on the UK’s economy; meaning that many of us are now concerned about our financial security going forward. Many people are seeking financial help and support, and trying to find out where to turn next.
Lloyds Banking Group, Metro Bank and Coventry Building Society are three companies currently hiring through Rest Less.
Or for those interested in a self-employed proposition – Financial Coaching service, Hatch, are currently hiring Financial Coaches in work from home positions, to help clients in their local area manage their money effectively. All support and coaching is given over the phone, or via video chat – making it a safe, no contact work option for people who don’t feel comfortable leaving home. You don’t need to be a financial whizz to apply, but you will need a strong academic background and a desire to make a positive difference to people’s lives. Hatch will provide full virtual training for successful candidates.
While we understand that there are plenty of people out there who are in great need of work, it’s important to tread carefully and weigh up the pros and cons of each option. Your safety and the safety of your family and friends is paramount. We’ve explored some of the main sectors that are still hiring in nationwide roles, but you may also come across work opportunities locally – especially with small businesses like green grocers or bakeries. Some people are also finding creative ways to earn money from home, for example, by making and selling things online. Whilst some of the suggestions may not still be relevant for the Covid-19 world, our articles 20 Popular Self-Employment Ideas, Business ideas that you can start from home and 12 popular activities that you can turn into a career might offer you some ideas for ways to do this.
If your need to work isn’t pressing and you’ve got some time to consider the sort of work you might like to go into when the lockdown is over – then consider taking a look out at our job ideas section for some inspiration.
Or, if you’re looking for some additional ways to save money or boost your income, you might also find the following articles helpful:
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We’d also love to hear from you! Have you landed a job during lockdown? Or do you know of any other sectors who are still hiring? Email us at [email protected] or leave a comment below.