Co-op aims to offset hospitality job losses with 5,000 new store roles

Date : 20 March 2020

Patrick Mitchell-Fox

Senior Retail Analyst

Leading UK convenience retailer Co-op has announced it will create 5,000 new roles in a bid to provide temporary employment for workers being laid off in the hospitality industry.  The move, comes as the UK hospitality sector bears a significant impact from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency as customers avoid restaurants, pubs and cafes in line with government advice.

Recruitment procedure simplified to speed take-up

Co-op is offering both full-time and temporary roles across its 2,600-strong store estate nationwide, and is fast-tracking its processes in order to enable recruits to get to work in a matter of days.  The new store colleagues will be key to supporting existing store staff in replenishing shelves and maintaining availability at this time of spiking demand, as well as undertaking picking for delivery operations.

Part of Co-op’s mission to support local communities

Jo Whitfield, Chief Executive, Co-op Food commented: ‘The Co-op has a critical role to play in supporting our members, customers and colleagues as well as the local communities that our stores sit at the heart of.  We are all too aware that many people working in bars, pubs and restaurants are currently out of work and it makes perfect sense for us to try to temporarily absorb part of this skilled workforce.  What we need now is genuine, tangible co-operation as we look to support the wider economy and help the nation overcome this challenging period.’

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