The companies that need workers
|bbc.com 25 Mar 2020 at 17:37|
Tens of thousands of people have lost their jobs because of the coronavirus crisis as restaurants, bars, hotels and gyms have been forced to close.
But many companies still in business are urgently seeking more staff to meet orders, help with deliveries and just to keep things moving.
The major supermarkets are searching for 35,000 additional workers, but many other firms supplying essential goods or services are also looking for extra help so they can cope with the increased demand.
Home care company Cera has just created 10,000 new jobs for people to work as part of the home carer community.
Meanwhile, chemist chain Lloyds Pharmacy is seeking 1,500 workers across the country in the next few days. And Virgin Media says it needs 500 new people at Birmingham, Sheffield, Manchester and Teesside.
The government should help by reallocating some workers in sectors that have temporarily shut down to parts of the economy facing labour shortages, reckons think tank the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
It pointed out the coronavirus pandemic has led to sharp falls in labour demand in many corners of the economy, while there are acute labour shortages in other sectors.
To help, the government should remove barriers to taking up temporary jobs, facilitate worker loans between firms and sectors, and subsidise retraining where appropriate, it said.