COVID-19: Jobs are being created as well as lost.

While jobs are being lost during the coronavirus crisis, they are also being created, a leading recruitment group is keen to point out.

Berry Recruitment Group (BRG) has thousands of excellent temporary workers on its books across England and Wales and is helping many move from one role to another.

BRG works from nearly 40 locations through its three brands; Berry Recruitment, Wild Recruitment and Wild Berry Associates.

While many factory, retail, hospitality and leisure jobs have disappeared overnight, others have emerged in driving, online ordering, food production and cleaning.

Supermarkets are recruiting all over the country in order to keep their shelves full and it’s important for the national effort that temporary workers are re-deployed.

Chris Chown, managing director of BRG, said: “We supply thousands of temporary workers in many sectors each day.

“Those roles in leisure, hospitality and retail have been severely hit, as have some manufacturing jobs.

“However, there has been a new and pressing demand for staff in other roles.

“Supermarkets need people in their stores as well as in their depots and distribution centres, and drivers are required to move goods about and make essential deliveries.

“We have thousands of brilliant workers who are being re-deployed and we can act as a clearing house for workers and employers.

“We’d urge people to register with us; our lines are open, we are set up to receive information online and we can interview candidates remotely.

“Clients need cleaners, and chefs are still required but not necessarily in their usual places of work.

“With travel from abroad largely shut down we can’t access the usual pool of international workers, so there will be increased farmhand and production work.

“Staff across all our branches are working hard to keep their temporary workers occupied and fulfilling the needs of their clients. We believe we can offer a valuable service.”

BRG is headquartered in St Albans, Herts.

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