A new jobs hub has been created by UKHospitality, Caterer.com and Hospitality Action, featuring thousands of short-term roles in other sectors aimed at helping hospitality workers back into paid roles after losing their jobs in the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Hospitality Redeployment Hub, which will go live on Caterer.com today (31 March), enables displaced hospitality workers to find work in a broad range of sectors currently in desperate need of short-term staff at companies including Lidl, Superdrug, Amazon, Hermes and Co-op.
The new hub will feature 26,000 available jobs related to the Covid-19 response.
Around 500,000 hospitality workers are estimated to be looking for alternative roles following the temporary closure or reduced operation of their usual place of work.
Hospitality staff can utilise their key skills that are extremely valuable at this time – from team work and customer service through to relationship building and adaptability – in other roles such as distribution and social care.
“The scale of the crisis we are collectively facing is unprecedented, so hospitality businesses have had to make the incredibly difficult decision to lay team members off,” comments Kate Nicholls, chief executive from UKHospitality.
“We want to give our fantastic workforce all the support we can to help them through this difficult period.
“Caterer.com and Hospitality Action have helped coordinate efforts at a very difficult time.
“This is another magnificent example of how the sector is supporting its own workers, who are naturally very worried.
“This initiative will help people find work in other sectors also feeling the strain until the hospitality sector is in a position to help pick up the pieces and bring our hard-working teams back together.”
“Our connection with Totaljobs and our vast hospitality candidate database means we’re uniquely positioned to help in this way and we’re delighted that we can pull on these resources,” adds Neil Pattison, director at Caterer.com.
“All hospitality employees in the UK can directly tap into this free service to search and apply for thousands of roles in sectors such as retail, distribution and care. The hospitality sector is resilient, as are its people.
“When the industry thrives again, Caterer.com along with its partners will help welcome these candidates back to hospitality.”
Alongside the new hub for hospitality workers, Caterer.com is also channelling funds, volunteering hours and resources into industry charities such as Hospitality Action and Only A Pavement Away, who now need significant additional help to extend their support to the growing number in the sector who need it.
This includes fundraising and re-purposing the customer service team to contact those most in need of help in the sector, on behalf of Hospitality Action.
“This innovative solution will enable some of the people currently being awarded crisis grants by Hospitality Action to pay bills and feed their families,” notes Mark Lewis, CEO of Hospitality Action.
“Employers can look forward to welcoming an army of highly trained, motivated, passionate and professional hospitality people to their ranks.”
The non-hospitality jobs now appearing on Caterer.com are powered by Totaljobs.