Mar 24, 2020

Retailers launch hiring sprees as coronavirus spurs demand

Grocers and online retailers are hiring hundreds of thousands of workers to cope with a surge in demand as the industry booms during the coronavirus pandemic while many others fight for survival. Store workers, delivery drivers and warehouse workers are particularly sought after, although many of the positions are temporary or contracted roles - such as the 300,000 being sought by Instacart, the grocery delivery service. While some of the employment is aimed at filling shortages created by workers who can no longer attend for family or health reasons, it is also a response to a sharp rise in demand as customers turn to online shopping or panic-buying at supermarkets. Companies looking for workers are being inundated with applications and are fast-tracking inductions. The head of British pub chain Wetherspoons, Tim Martin, drew criticism on Tuesday after he suggested his employees should consider applying for work at supermarket group Tesco, which is recruiting 20,000 temporary staff.

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