Delivery giant Hermes has said it will create 10,500 jobs in the UK after seeing increased demand from people shopping at home during the lockdown.
This will include 1,500 full-time positions in its delivery network and head office, and 9,000 independent couriers.
Hermes also said it would not accept any money from the government’s job retention bonus scheme, which is designed to help struggling businesses.
It comes as a multitude of companies are cutting jobs due to the pandemic.
Hermes boss Martijn de Lange said: “The pandemic has accelerated the already phenomenal growth in online shopping and we see no signs of this change.
“As a result, it’s important that we have the right infrastructure and the right people in place to support this. This is good news for the many who have unfortunately seen their income affected and we are happy to be able to support the British economy with so many jobs at the moment. ”
He said the company had received thousands of applications from pub staff, hairdressers, pilots and others who had been laid off at the start of the lockout.
- “Revolutionary” salary agreement for Hermes staff
The German company, which has operated in the UK since 2000, has a network of over 15,000 independent couriers across the country. He said he was investing £ 100million in its expansion and had already opened 90 new sub-deposits this year.
Hermes is following Primark, John Lewis and Rightmove by promising to avoid the government’s job retention bonus program, which will pay companies £ 1,000 for every worker on leave they retain after January.
It is supposed to prevent companies in difficulty from cutting jobs, but MEPs and economists have warned that healthy companies may also be tempted to use it.
Terms and conditions
Hermès, which has been criticized for its treatment of casual workers in the past, also said all new self-employed workers will receive vacation pay. It follows an agreement with the GMB union last year.
However, the union has criticized the company for its policy of paying only £ 20 a day to self-isolating couriers – and only if they typically earn less than £ 90 a day.
In March GMB said it would mean many of its workers would get nothing – although the company said it was one of the first to offer this type of support to the self-employed.
The jobs news comes after a series of companies announced cuts citing the effects of the pandemic.
On Tuesday, Marks & Spencer and fashion label Ted Baker announced the elimination of nearly 1,500 roles.
Other layoffs announced in recent months include:
Up to 5,000 job cuts at Upper Crust owner, SSP Group
Up to 12,000 jobs at British Airways
- Up to 700 jobs at Harrods
About 600 workers at shirtmaker TM Lewin
- 1,900 jobs at Café Rouge-owner Casual Dining Group
1,000 jobs at Pret A Manger
1,700 jobs in the United Kingdom at the aircraft manufacturer Airbus
1300 crews and 727 pilots at EasyJet
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