WITH less than a week to go until the furlough scheme ends next Thursday, firms face a choice of getting staff back to work or making them redundant.
Latest figures show that around 1.6million workers are still fully or partly furloughed, with the aviation and travel industries the hardest hit.
But if you do lose your job, try not to panic.
There are more than a million job vacancies across the UK.
Andrew Hunter, who is co-founder of job search engine Adzuna, says: “If you’re on the hunt for a new job, stay positive. Many employers are desperate to fill vacancies.
“While some of these jobs require skills and experience — such as software developers for the booming IT sector, or HGV drivers who need a special licence, — we are also seeing increased numbers of vacancies in retail, hospitality and logistics that don’t ask for prior experience.”
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Tesco currently has more than 6,100 openings, including for HGV and customer delivery drivers, customer assistants and shift leaders. See tesco-careers.com.
John Lewis Partnership has 550 vacancies, including for warehouse workers and delivery drivers. Check out jlpjobs.com.
Yodel needs 2,856 self-employed couriers and delivery drivers. Earnings are calculated on a per-parcel basis, which Yodel says equates to £10 to £15 an hour. Apply now at yodelopportunities.co.uk.
Barchester Healthcare needs 3,924 new staff including care and activity assistants and support workers. Search now at jobs. barchester.com.
Premier Inn has more than 2,400 vacancies, including for night receptionists, housekeepers and room attendants. For details, see whitbreadcareers.com.
Travelodge is looking to fill 720 hotel positions and 30 head-office jobs. Search at travelodge.co.uk/careers.
Pizza Express has 1,588 vacancies for waiters, pizza chefs, kitchen staff and cleaners. See pizzaexpress.com/careers.
Engineering giant AECOM is looking to fill 1,248 vacancies, including for project surveyors, structural engineers and planner/ modellers. Find out more at aecom.jobs.
The Royal Mail has 1,120 openings, including for sorters and delivery drivers. See jobs.royalmailgroup.com.
Pub chain J.D. Wetherspoon has 1,105 jobs up for grabs, including bar and kitchen staff and cleaners. See what is on offer at jdwetherspooncareers.co.uk.
Nando’s is hiring for 1,052 roles across both front and back-of-house. Nando’s team members get a free meal on every shift, plus discounts for friends and family. For more details, see careers.nandos.co.uk.
Adapt to change career
LOSING your job can be a chance to reset your career.
Will Capper of job site DirectlyApply gives his tips on finding work after furlough.
- Highlight your furlough experience: Even though you may have been on furlough for almost 18 months, that doesn’t mean you haven’t been gaining experiences or overcoming new challenges during this time.
- Upskill/retrain: There are thousands of free courses offered online, or register with a job centre to help you find the right training courses to kick-start your new career.
- Consider temporary work: Firms may initially be cautious about hiring a large number of permanent staff. But taking a temporary role gets you a foot in the door and can lead to other opportunities.
- Repurpose your skills: List the wide range of skills you have and how they could suit a variety of roles. Highlight career accomplishments and your varied experiences.
- Be adaptable: The pandemic has brought a huge shift to the jobs market, so be prepared to broaden your horizons. Don’t be too proud to apply for a job where you might have to start again. Given your prior experience, you should find it quicker to rise up the ladder in a new role.
Rights to payout
IF you are made redundant, you might be entitled to a payout – even if the company is going bust.
James Andrews, a senior personal finance expert at money.co.uk, explains what rights you have.
Firstly, check your employment contract, as it will set out how much you are owed.
This is based on pre-furlough earnings.
Redundancy pay offers a set number of weeks’ pay in a lump sum.
It is based on your age and how long you have been at a firm.
You get any owed holiday pay as well as full pay for your notice period.
At the least, you’ll get statutory redundancy pay. It is capped at £544 a week with a maximum payout of £16,320.
If your firm is insolvent, apply for a redundancy claims form on the Government website.
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