Retail job searches soar by over 4,000% as UK tackles coronavirus

Online searches for supermarket jobs have increased by 4,301%, as UK food retailers face overcrowding and food shortages.

The UK faced a 22% reduction in overall job vacancies in March. However, job openings and country-wide interest in vital sectors, such as supermarket staff and delivery drivers has surged across the country as the UK mobiles to contain the virus according to the latest research by job search engine Adzuna.

The largest shift in search volumes and job opportunities in the past 4 weeks (24 Feb 20 – 24 March 20) can be found below:

Search term: Supermarket jobs

Increase in searches: 4,301%

Jobs available: 30,000+

Supermarkets have gone on a hiring spree as demand surges in the wake of coronavirus with many Asda looking to hire thousands of staff as shoppers continue to clear shelves. Supermarkets have been overwhelmed by waves of panic buying in recent weeks and have stepped up measures to cope with increased demand.

Search term: Delivery jobs

Increase in searches: 18%

Jobs available: 4,318

Whether it’s delivering food for a supermarket or bringing online orders to the door, delivery roles are more important than ever and almost anyone with transport and a driver’s license can take one on. A great way to supplement an income, working hours to suit, it has already been noted that almost all of the major supermarket chains need extra drivers, as do fast-food delivery services.

Supermarkets, delivery services and online retailers are all actively looking to bolster their numbers, which is good news for those searching the above terms, as it increases the likelihood of a match.

Commenting on the findings, Andrew Hunter, co-founder said, “We have seen a big disruption to the job market in the past few months. Industries that were flourishing last year have started to stagnate as restrictions around movement continue to take hold. However important job opportunities have opened up across the UK, and these roles will play a vital part in keeping the country running over the coming months. We are pleased to see increased interest and hope to get them filled.”

* All data sourced from live vacancies from 23rd March 2020. Search volumes have aggregated from the 24th February to the 23rd March.

The data is based on 1 million+ live job vacancies aggregated in real-time across the UK. We will continue to share further updates on a weekly basis.

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