With an estimated 500,000 hospitality workers expected to be made redundant or temporarily out of work due to COVID-19, hospitality jobs board, Caterer.com, and UKHospitality, have partnered to create a new jobs hub that will help hospitality workers find short-term roles in other sectors.
While the pandemic has reduced the number of hospitality jobs currently available, thousands of job opportunities have been analysed to create the Hospitality Redeployment Hub featuring 26,000 jobs.
The new hub has been created to help hospitality workers find suitable jobs until they can return to roles in the sector.
Jobs on the hub have been “hand-picked” across a range sectors including customer service (7,561 available roles), logistics (8,191 driver roles available) and cleaning (3,285 roles available). Positions include warehouse operative, retail assistant and care assistant at employers including Lidl, Superdrug, Amazon, Hermes and Co-op.
Neil Pattison, director at Caterer.com, said: “The team at Caterer.com are acutely aware of the pressure everyone in the hospitality industry is facing, and we’re doing everything we can to help through this devastating time. We’ve partnered with industry body UKHospitality and industry charity Hospitality Action to make Caterer.com a jobs hub to help displaced hospitality staff find short term employment in other sectors.
“Our connection with Totaljobs and our vast hospitality candidate database means we’re uniquely positioned to help in this way and we’re delighted that we can pull on these resources. All hospitality employees in the UK can directly tap into this free service to search and apply for thousands of roles in sectors such as retail, distribution and care.”
He added: “The hospitality sector is resilient, as are its people. When the industry thrives again, Caterer.com along with its partners will help welcome these candidates back to hospitality.”
Kate Nicholls, chief executive from UKHospitality added: “The scale of the crisis we are collectively facing is unprecedented, so hospitality businesses have had to make the incredibly difficult decision to lay team members off. We want to give our fantastic workforce all the support we can to help them through this difficult period.
“Caterer.com and Hospitality Action have helped coordinate efforts at a very difficult time. This is another magnificent example of how the sector is supporting its own workers, who are naturally very worried. This initiative will help people find work in other sectors also feeling the strain until the hospitality sector is in a position to help pick up the pieces and bring our hard-working teams back together.”