WHILE you are busy shopping this Black Friday, others are doing the dropping.
Experts say this could be the country’s busiest shopping day ever, with billions in sales over the weekend and an extra 82,000 lorries and vans on the roads making deliveries.
The nation’s supply chain industry is hiring thousands of new workers, across warehouse, logistics and driving roles.
And research from job search tool Indeed Flex suggests vacancies are up 42 per cent on last year.
There are currently 37,334 open vacancies for warehouse staff around the country, including pickers and packers, supervisors and yard drivers. Firms hiring include Yodel, Iceland, Aldi and UPS. The average salary is £23,000 with extra money for night work.
The HGV crisis is beginning to ease but there are still 17,079 vacancies on offer. Companies hiring in big numbers include the Eddie Stobart Group, with 40 jobs, and ARC Group, which needs 81 drivers. Driver salaries average £33,000.
There is a real shortage of logistics experts, with 54,748 open jobs across the UK. Roles cover the organisation, storage and distribution of goods, which are all vital for supermarkets and other retailers.
Ocado, the Royal Mail, Heathrow Airport and Boeing are all hiring, according to jobs board Adzuna.
Its founder Andrew Hunter said: “We’re seeing record levels of hiring this month, with over 100,000 open warehouse, logistics and driving jobs up for grabs across Britain.
“The boom in hiring is currently being met with lukewarm jobseeker demand, meaning many of the open roles are sitting vacant. Employers are being forced to drive up salaries to attract applicants.”
ST JOSEPH’S HOSPITAL in Newport has 30 vacancies for theatre practitioners, registered nurses and physiotherapists.
SUMMER’S SO EASY
SEE your career take off with easyJet.
The airline has launched its annual recruitment drive for 1,500 summer season crew roles across Europe.
It is also looking to hire experienced Airbus pilots.
CEO Johan Lundgren, said: “As the largest UK airline, we are proud to employ thousands of people across the country.
“We look forward to bringing these crew onboard with us for summer.”
PREVENT A FESTIVE BURNOUT
BORIS JOHNSON has been slammed for his shambolic “Peppa Pig” speech to the CBI – but experts claim exhaustion and burnout at work is common before Christmas.
Here, David Hastings, head of content partnerships at learning platform GO1, shares his top tips to avoid “Boris burnout”.
BED HAIR: Consider how you come across to others. Book in for a haircut, massage, facial – something that can give you “me” time and boost your personal image and brand.
OAFISHNESS: The festivities create pressing deadlines, but avoid getting into an ugly confrontation with your boss or colleagues, as it can result in undue stress.
RAMBLING: Pre-Xmas exhaustion can leave you forgetful, so take time to be as clear as possible in your work communications. Try not to stumble over your words and have faith in your capabilities.
RELATIONSHIPS: If you once had friendly dealings with someone but now find them intolerable, keep your distance. Focus your energy on something positive like learning a new skill.
STRESS: Time out to relax can result in a more powerful mindset at work and positively impact your personal life. It can help you to make the right decisions when in front of an audience, in a professional setting, or hanging out with family and friends.
PAYMENTS firm IMBURSE has 30 new roles including software engineers and sales jobs.
STAFF OPENING UP
PEOPLE are becoming more confident discussing their mental health at work.
Nine in ten HR bosses have reported greater numbers of employees discussing personal issues while 83 per cent of firms plan to ramp up investment around staff wellbeing.
Gethin Nadin, a director at employee rewards firm Benefex, which conducted the study, said: “Many employers have, for the first time, realised their responsibilities in preventing and supporting poor mental health as much as they can.”
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