Covid-19 drives surge in job applications to Tesco

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Tesco has seen its normal rate of job applications skyrocket, receiving more than half a million since Thursday 19th March.

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 20th March. 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 their Applicant Tracking System since 2014. The system is used to handle job applications across Tesco in the UK and Asia.

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.”



The graph shows the spike in job applications to Tesco on Thursday 19th and Friday 20th March, when compared to job applications to the retail giant in the same period from the last week, month and year.

Tribepad is a specialist talent acquisition software provider, serving some of the UK’s best-known organisations such as the BBC, Tesco, KFC, Sodexo, Serco, G4S and The Church of England. 

Tesco image CC Credit: Santosh Puthran

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