The pandemic has had a significant impact on the job market. Many people have been laid off and over 3 million over 50s have been put on furlough since the pandemic started. Whilst companies are cautiously starting to hire new staff again, the majority of industry sectors remain below where they were pre-pandemic and have reduced the number of people they are hiring.
However, if you’re still looking for a new job, then you may be encouraged to hear that there is still demand for workers across a range of different sectors. Here are 12 different areas that are still hiring now.
1. Food Retail
Although retail stores are generally hiring less staff than they were before the lockdown, there are still quite a few roles available. These include Customer Service Assistants, Store Supervisors and Store Managers. The majority of shops are still working hard to implement social distancing measures – for example, by using one way systems, having hand sanitizing stations available, and ensuring that customers wear a face covering – to ensure that staff and visitors can stay as safe as possible.
Employers currently hiring include Tesco, Co-op, Pets at Home, Boots, Morrisons, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Booker.
2. Customer services
With the majority of industries now and running, many companies have started hiring in customer service roles again. The specific responsibilities attached to these roles can vary considerably, depending on what sector you choose to work in – but they all have the same goal, which is to make sure that customers are satisfied with the product or service they’ve been offered.
If you’re a sociable individual, who enjoys meeting and interacting with a range of different people, then you might be an ideal candidate for a customer service role. Some telephone or internet-based roles will enable you to work from home, while those in places like shops and banks, will often require you to attend in person.
3. Driving and delivery roles
More people are ordering their shopping online than ever before, which has led to a surge in demand for delivery workers. Takeaways, supermarket groceries and clothing are some of the many items that people are having delivered direct to their front door in record volumes. 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. Delivery companies current hiring include Yodel, Just Eat and the supermarkets.
Heavy goods delivery (HGV) drivers are also in demand at the moment, with the majority of companies taking on people with HGV experience, but a handful still taking on trainees. To find out more about retraining to be a HGV driver, you might find it useful to read our guide.
4. Logistics roles
An increase in HGV roles, has also led to a natural increase in logistics hiring. Because as well as having people to get products from A to B, there’s also a need for people to plan and organise routes on a daily basis, make sure that all vehicles are serviced and repaired quickly, and that there are enough staff to meet the delivery demand.
Available roles include Logistics Planner, Transport Manager and Transport Controller
5. 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.
6. Online tutoring services
Although kids are returning to school, many will be concerned about what they have missed over the last few months – and some will be making efforts to catch up or get ahead. Some parents will hire online tutors to help support their child’s learning on evenings or weekends. By taking on a tutoring role from the comfort of your own home, you could help children to keep on top of and take control of their studies. If you’re looking for a job, then 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.
7. Royal Mail
The Royal Mail service has continued to operate throughout the pandemic; helping the UK to stay connected and delivering essential items. They are currently looking for people to fill a range of temporary and permanent roles for their Delivery Offices and Parcel Sort Centres across the country. These include posties, sorters and drivers. They are also now allowing people to register their interest on their main website for temporary Christmas positions.
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 fulfill 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.
Many construction companies continued to operate during lockdown and are now starting to increase hires again. Construction work covers roles from builders, to engineers through to project managers. Some companies are hiring on a permanent basis, whilst others require support for specific short or long term projects.
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.
12. NHS jobs
The NHS have done an outstanding job of taking care of the UK during the pandemic over the last few months, and they are continuing to hire people across a range of different roles and areas. As well as advertising for roles that require extensive training and experience – such as Nurses, Doctors and Physiotherapists, there are also plenty of entry level opportunities available. Emergency Call Handlers, Administrators and Receptionists are examples of some entry level roles that might be available near you.
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, or even a complete career change – then consider taking a look out at our job ideas section for some inspiration.
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