Iceland is offering to ‘fast-track’ Ukrainians into jobs in its depots, and promising to help with securing accommodation and the right to work in the UK.
Iceland MD Richard Walker posted the offer on social media platforms along with a link to a recruitment page for the supermarkets’ logistics partner GXO.
“The conflict in Ukraine has prompted each and every one of us to think about how we can support those whose lives and homes are being taken away from them,” Walker wrote on LinkedIn.
“As of today, we’ll be fast-tracking Ukrainians who want to come to the UK by offering them jobs within our depot network. They’ll get support in finding accommodation and their right to work application.
“Hopefully this helps those in need to secure visas asap.”
Walker’s Linkedin post also asks people to share the GXO recruitment page, which offers both lorry driver and warehouse roles, with their network.
He posted a similar message on Twitter.
Iceland has not provided further details on how Ukrainian applicants will be fast-tracked.
As of today, we’ll fast track Ukrainians who want to come to the UK by offering them jobs within our depot network. They’ll get support in finding accommodation & their right to work application.— Richard Walker (@icelandrichard) March 7, 2022
Hopefully this helps them to secure visas asap 🇺🇦🇬🇧
Latest quarterly figures from the Office for National Statistics show retail had 106,000 vacancies in November 2021 to January 2022, up 127% in a year, while transport and storage had 63,000, up 146%.
Last week, Iceland announced it was donating £150,000 to the British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal through its charitable arm the Iceland Foods Charitable Foundation.