ALMOST 700,000 people have lost their jobs since the start of the pandemic, official figures reveal.
There are now 2.7million Brits claiming unemployment benefits — a leap of 120 per cent since March, when lockdown began.
The latest jobless total, announced yesterday by the Office for National Statistics, means the unemployment rate is at 4.1 per cent, up from 3.9 per cent previously.
And with five million workers still on furlough, experts are warning of more devastating losses when the scheme comes to an end next month.
But if you have been made redundant or are facing the chop, HOAR is here to help.
We’ve teamed up with hundreds of the UK’s top companies to bring you all the best new job opportunities — and expert advice to get you back to work, fast.
Today we highlight more than 33,000 vacancies, which need to be filled immediately.
THOUSANDS OF ROLES
And we have thousands more roles being added every day on our website.
Visit jobs.thesun.co.uk to start your search.
Andrew Hunter, co-founder of jobs board Adzuna, believes the country is turning a corner.
He says: “Hiring fell off a cliff when Covid-19 started gaining a foothold in the country in March, but job opportunities are slowly but surely returning as the country steadily crawls back to life.
“Right now, there are over half a million jobs on offer, up 52 per cent compared to the lowest point seen in May.”
22,734 in supermarkets & food
Hungry for a new role? Iceland is taking on 700 staff, including retail assistants, home delivery drivers and cleaners. See icelandcareers.co.uk.
If you want a slice of the jobs action, Domino’s Pizza is searching for 5,000 new staff.
Aged 16 and above can apply for roles as pizza makers and customer service representatives. Delivery drivers need to be 17 or older.
The company is known for fast-tracking staff up the career ladder, with many managers starting out on the shop floor.
Apply at dominosrecruitment.co.uk.
Tesco is already the UK’s biggest private employer but needs 16,000 extra staff to support its growing online business. The roles include 10,000 “pickers” to gather together online orders and 3,000 delivery drivers. See tesco-careers.com.
The Co-op is creating 1,000 new jobs as it expands 15 stores and opens a further 12. See jobs.coop.co.uk.
Celeb chef Rick Stein is fishing for 34 more staff for his famous seafood restaurants. Roles include chefs, waiters, bartenders and kitchen porters. See rickstein.com/careers.
1,250 in electricals and DIY
Online electricals retailer Ao.com has launched a recruitment drive for 650 staff.
Jobs cover retail, mobile, tech, financial services and logistics in locations including Bolton, Manchester, Crewe, Telford in Shrops and Thatcham, Berks. There are also work-from-home roles.
AO founder John Roberts says: “We are creating hundreds of high-quality jobs for a diverse range of talented people. Applications are open to anyone who cares passionately about being awesome for customers.”
Rebecca Pawson, who now trains new recruits at AO, joined the business in 2014 as a sales executive in the contact centre.
She says: “During my time here I’ve been able to broaden my skills and knowledge, working on all sorts of tasks.” Apply at ao-jobs.com.
Builder’s favourite Screwfix has 600 new vacancies to cope with the lockdown DIY boom. Jobs range from retail assistants to store managers, with vacancies right across the country. See screwfixcareers.com.
2,040 carers for old & young
Help parents get back to work with a job in childcare. Social enterprise London Early Years Foundation has 40 jobs across its 39 nurseries.
Vacancies are for nursery assistants, early years educators and bank staff.
CEO June O’Sullivan says: “A rewarding career in childcare gives you the opportunity to play a big part in a child’s early education and development while building their confidence and making learning fun.” Visit leyf.org.uk.
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Care experts Elder have 1,500 vacancies for live-in carers. Applicants need a year’s experience in caring and there are roles nationwide.
CEO Peter Dowds says: “You may have been inspired by the heroic efforts of care workers throughout the pandemic. You can be an integral part of a solution that’s keeping people safe.” Visit elder.org/become-a-carer.
Consultus Care & Nursing also needs 500 live-in carers. Call the recruitment team on 01732 355231.
7,156 in IT, banking and more
Power up your job hunt. Shell Energy has 50 vacancies in customer services and IT. Roles are based in Coventry and Milton Keynes, Bucks. See jobs.shellenergy.co.uk.
Could this be your calling? Indigo Telecoms needs 84 new starters.
There are a raft of jobs, including cabling technicians, wireless engineers, fibre planners, fibre and optical engineers and call centre staff.
Find out more at indigotg.com/careers.
Bank on a new career. Online finance firm Starling Bank wants 22 new recruits in customer service, onboarding, finance, risk, technology, cyber security and marketing.
Find your role at starlingbank.com/careers.
Online retail giant Amazon is creating 7,000 new jobs across 50 UK sites.
The roles are permanent and each pays a minimum of £9.50 an hour.
Vacancies cover engineering, human resources, IT, health and safety and finance specialists, as well as pickers and packers.
Search at amazon.jobs/en-gb/locations/unitedkingdom.