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Coronavirus impact offset by food industry initiatives

Staffing and recruitment 

Noble Foods said the company was looking to recruit to cover any potential staff illnesses and drivers. 

Louisa Hogarty, group HR director, said the business was unique in that hens could only lay a finite number of eggs. 

“As a consequence, simply recruiting more staff will not materially increase our output. However, we are recruiting to build a bank of cover staff should any of our existing team become unwell and unable to work​,” she said.  

“Additionally, we have seen an increased demand for drivers as deliveries are taking longer at some locations, which we are also looking to cover through recruitment.” ​ 

The company revealed it was working with partner companies to try and redeploy workers affected by the COVID-19 outbreak and had also signed up with SWAP – the spare worker availability portal, which is supported by ALP (Association of Labour Providers) and GLAA (Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority).  

Tesco is the latest retailer to issue a mass recruitment drive, with 20,000 new jobs being created in its stores for the next 12 weeks.

The supermarket chain said it would continue to monitor the situation, but there might be further recruitment in the next few weeks. 

Tesco’s chief people officer, Natasha Adams said: “I’m so proud to be welcoming thousands of new colleagues to Tesco. Thank you to everyone offering to help as we work day and night to keep our shelves full for customers. The community spirit at Tesco is fantastic and, together, we can do this.”

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