Tuffnells has pledged to guarantee anyone out of work because of Covid19 an interview, as it looks to hire more than 100 new warehouse workers and lorry drivers.
The announcement comes after Saturday’s government press conference where the CEO of the British Retail Consortium, Helen Dickinson, said that the UK does not have short supplies but the challenge is ‘people’ and lorries’.
Tuffnells has roles available at depots across its whole network including Birmingham, Aberdeen, Leicester, Leeds , Bristol and Sheffield. This is because of the extra demand on its delivery service and a need to cover those absent due to sickness, self-isolation and dependent leave, as it looks to support businesses and customers adapting to the Coronavirus pandemic.
It’s looking to hire more than 100 warehouse and lorry drivers with the relevant qualifications and experience. Details regarding the positions can be found here.
Michael Holt, executive chairman at Tuffnells, says the whole supply chain is facing an unprecedented challenge and businesses like Tuffnells needs to hire more staff to cope with demand: “It’s been an extremely difficult period for us all no matter where you are or what you do for work. The sheer rise in demand for goods in the recent weeks means we are working extremely hard to deliver the supplies businesses and customers need to operate as best they can considering the circumstances.
“Unfortunately, due to Covid19’s impact on the economy, many hard working and extremely skilled individuals have found themselves without work, through no fault of their own. That’s why we have made this pledge so it gives people with the relevant skills in the locations where we have roles the opportunity to bounce back quickly.”
Tuffnells has also made it clear that it is taking every precaution necessary to keep its staff and interviewees safe and to follow the government’s advice to help halt the spread of the virus. The interviews will be held online as to meet the strict guidelines set out by leading health officials.
As the situation continues, Michael expects further roles to become available: “Like Helen (Dickinson) said on Saturday, the kind of spike in demand we are seeing is similar to that around the festive period. Meaning if this continues to be the case for a number of weeks and months we could in fact have to make further roles available.
“I’m sure all business leaders in the supply chain are facing similar challenges and they will all agree with me when I say that we are so proud of the long hours and dedication the workforce has put in, I know that the team at Tuffnells is going above and beyond. It’s a case of us all sticking together and helping the nation get through this extremely challenging period.”
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