UK Retailers To Hire Thousands To Cope With Demand Surge Due To Virus Panic Buying

 Supermarkets and retailers in the United Kingdom are now hiring thousands because a sudden increase in demand due to the coronavirus pandemic.

After sudden and huge increase in demand resulted in empty shelves, announcement hiring thousands of staff to cope with the demand was made by UK supermarkets and retailers Tesco, Asda, Aldi, and Lidl.

These announcements were made by the respective companies before the UK government had declared that it would be paying 80 per cent the wages of the employees that have been hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

And Sainsbury’s has directed shoppers to stay at least a metre away from each other if possible in order to prevent possible infection.

A huge surge in panic buying to stock pile goods at home because of the coronavius pandemic has overwhelmed most of the supermarkets.

Limits have been put by major British supermarkets on the quantity of products that shoppers can but to tackle the trend of stockpiling by consumers.

A number of the retailers and supermarkets have also started hiring large number of people with a total number of more than 30,000 new hiring planned by the companies in addition to the steps taken to address the surge in demand.

The largest retailer of the UK – Tesco, said that it plans to hire as much as 20,000 temporary workers “to help feed the nation”. The company said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in an unprecedented increase in demand for food and household products.”

“At Tesco, we’re working around the clock to help ensure families have access to the shopping items they need. We launched our recruitment drive online on Wednesday and since them we have already been overwhelmed by support from the public and thank everyone who has applied to work with us in stores,” the company added.

“Over the coming days thousands of new colleagues will join us”, Tesco also said.

Plan to hire about 5,000 temporary employees from among the people who have lost their jobs because of the impact of the virus pandemic was announced by another major UK retailer Asda. A similar number of temporary positions are sought to be filled by Aldi, the retailer said while also planning to hire about 4,000 additional employees as new permanent workers for jobs in all its stores and distribution centres.

About 2,500 temporary positions will also be created by retailer Lidl for all of its 800 stores in the UK. It was recruiting to “help with an extremely busy time for stores”, the discount retailer said. The company’s staff were doing an “incredible job at keeping our shelves stocked, and serving communities during an extremely challenging period”, said Lidl GB chief executive Christian Haertnagel.

“Temporarily expanding our teams is one way we can help support our colleagues and customers, whilst providing work to those that have had their employment affected by the current situation.”

Creation of 3,500 new jobs for expansion of its home delivery system was also announced my Morrison’s earlier this week, comprising of about 2,500 pickers and drivers and 1,000 people to work in the distribution centres.

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