Surge in applications

500,000 apply for Tesco jobs as hospitality staff laid off


Supermarket sweep: job requests flooding in

Tesco has seen its normal rate of job applications skyrocket, receiving more than half a million since last Thursday.

Mass redundancies in the hospitality sector as a result of the coronavirus has seen a surge in the number of people seeking jobs in the food retail industry according to data from TribePad.

The daily rate increased from the usual 5,000 per day to more than 200,000 on Friday, a 3,900% increase. During Saturday evening more than 300 people were applying for roles every minute, compared with nine per minute in the previous week.

This comes as supermarkets issue an urgent appeal for more staff to help cope with the surge in demand following the COVID-19 outbreak.

TribePad has provided Tesco with its applicant tracking system since 2014. The system is used to handle job applications across Tesco in the UK and Asia.

There is a real need for all hands on decks at supermarkets

– Dean Sadler, TribePad

The news in other sectors is not as positive. Data from TribePad’s platform shows that job applications, when compared to the same week in 2019, have dropped by 73% in recruitment, 33% in hospitality and 23% in healthcare.

Some organisations have already paused all recruitment activity, particularly those in hospitality and fashion retail. But others including logistics and food production are increasing hiring activity.

Dean Sadler, CEO of TribePad said: “Sadly people are losing their jobs in this difficult time, so they’re desperate to secure new work to pay their bills.

“We handled a 3,900% increase in applications to Tesco in two days and this growth shows no signs of slowing down. While competition is fierce, there is a real need for all hands on decks at supermarkets to help keep supply chains moving and shops fully stocked. We’re proud to be playing a small part in keeping the country fed and moving.”

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