apple pickers workers

Coronavirus: UK facing stiff competition from Europe for seasonal food workers

EU countries are easing lockdowns faster than the UK – and becoming increasingly desirable for workers

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Waitrose’s Pick for Britain ad is great, but will it fill enough roles to stop food rotting?

As Waitrose recruits pickers, the government’s Immigration Bill is undoing its good work

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Waitrose links with ITV for ‘Pick For Britain’ fruit & veg recruitment adverts

Move comes amid warnings hundreds of thousands of tonnes of fruit & vegetables could rot in the ground due to labour shortage

greggs staff

Furlough scheme extension only delays day of reckoning for jobs

This gradual shift of the burden back on to business is going to be the acid test for the state of the jobs market and economy

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Deliveroo to make over 300 roles redundant

The cuts are being made across the 13 markets Deliveroo operates in

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Growers face death threats after flying in seasonal migrant workers

Firms have been trying to make up for a potential shortfall in the number of fruit & veg pickers

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Seasonal workers flown in from Romania to pick UK crops

The Times reported this week that 180 farm workers were due to fly from Bucharest to London Stansted

Jack Hamilton - Mash Direct

Mash Direct launches platform for food jobs in Northern Ireland

The County Down-based business received more than 1,000 applications for 30 roles

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Gousto secures £33m fresh cash injection from investors including Joe Wicks

It brings the total sum raised by the brand since its inception to more than £130m.

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Surge in interest for farm roles since start of coronavirus outbreak, says jobs site

Searches for ‘fruit picker’ quadrupled while those for ‘farm worker’ more than doubled, according to Totaljobs

Modern slavery SINGLE USE

Coronavirus: GLAA allows temporary licences to help food sector

The authority will let firms not currently sourcing labour for food businesses to do so for up to three months

gousto

DTC recipe box supplier Gousto recruiting 100 new factory staff

The staff are needed to keep production running amid soaring demand 

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Number of Brits applying for food picking roles doubles

Applications from UK workers for roles picking fresh produce have almost doubled in little more than a week

2 sisters staff

The food & drink suppliers hiring new staff to cope with coronavirus

Thousands of workers are needed at some of Britain’s largest food & drink suppliers. We break down the roles on offer 

Ronald Kers

Coronavirus: 2 Sisters boss makes urgent appeal for staff

Ronald Kers said several hundred permanent and temporary roles were on offer

3. Co-op

Co-op fills all 5,000 temporary store roles in under a week

The retailer announced the recruitment drive last Friday

Muller Milk lorry

Coronavirus: Müller seeking up to 300 workers to cope with ‘strong’ demand

It is seeking extra staff amid high demand for its fresh milk, yoghurts and butter, as well as its delivery arm

worker picking veg farming

Coronavirus: Fresh produce labour providers report surge in UK job applicants

UK growers need 70,000-80,000 seasonal workers every year, with most of these jobs taken up by migrant labour

Ocado

Ocado seeking redeployed staff from businesses impacted by Covid-19

The online supermarket is inviting businesses impacted by the outbreak to send any temporarily unneeded staff its way

Asda

Aldi, Asda and Lidl on hunt for 16,000 workers to help keep shelves stocked

The three are the latest supermarkets to create thousands of new jobs as panic buying shoppers continue to strip shelves

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