German supermarket chain is planning to hire 120 new staff as demand surges amid the impact of coronavirus.
The firm says that “having experienced unprecedented customer demand in recent weeks, Lidl Northern Ireland announced today that they are looking to fill more than 120 new store and warehouse positions across its operations”.
“These aren’t the usual circumstances by which we hope to be welcoming new people to our team,” Conor Boyle, regional director, Lidl Northern Ireland, said.
“‘However, we take our responsibility to feed the nation very seriously. We want to ensure our frontline team is supported in every way possible and that means hiring additional team members at this difficult period to help us to continue to provide food and supplies to communities across the country.’
Supermarkets and other retailers are working in overdrive to ensure continued supply of food and other goods to customers as well as offering fresh job opportunities to those facing cuts in other sectors.
In a bid to curb panic buying, big retailers have moved to place limits on the number of certain items customers are buying, while others, including Lidl and Iceland, have begun opening up for set hours in the morning for older customers only.
Some of our own local grocery retailers are also now offering up new roles, targeted at those who may have recently lost their job elsewhere.
Henderson Group – which runs a host of brands such as Spar, Eurospar, Mace and Vivo – says positions have opened at stores across Northern Ireland, and within its distribution centre, located outside Belfast. Elsewhere, recruitment firm Grafton has said it now has a spike in job vacancies in health and food-processing roles.
Meanwhile, food group Finnebrogue, is now actively targeting those within the hospitality sector, and others, amid roles at its facilities, as is poultry giant Moy Park.