Pork processors on recruitment drive to help meet growing retail demand

Leading UK pork processors are embarking on a major recruitment drive to help meet the increased demand for food from supermarkets and to fill any gaps that arise due to staff absences related to the coronavirus outbreak.

Karro Foods is seeking hundreds of new staff on permanent and temporary contracts for a range of factory-based roles, and is hoping in particular to recruit workers from the struggling food service sector.

More than 200 positions available at its Malton headquarters in North Yorkshire, more than 100 in Scunthorpe and in Cookstown in Northern Ireland, more than 40 at Haverhill and further vacancies in Hull.

Karro CEO Steve Ellis said: “Following the government’s advice to avoid unnecessary social contact due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the demand for in home food has risen sharply. We are proud to do our bit to keep food on the nations table and are looking for more people to come and help support our efforts.”

As pubs, restaurants and hotels close, the company said applicants from the hospitality sector could be particularly suitable due to familiarity with food hygiene and safety regulations. However, it will also provide training to those who have no experience in these fields.

Mr Ellis added: “At Karro we want to do all we can to support the local communities in which we operate. We would encourage people looking for permanent or temporary employment to get in touch and come and join us in feeding the nation.”

To enquire, email your name and contact details to: [email protected]

Tulip is also recruiting for temporary job opportunities for production operatives and other key roles, it says, to ensure it can continue to meet demand if and when the virus affects staff.

In its advert, it says: “During these unprecedented times we are taking all necessary steps to maintain our supply chains in order to continue delivering food to the nation.

“To support these efforts, we are looking to ensure we have enough people in place to keep our manufacturing sites operating as and when people take time out of work for themselves and their love ones.”

It urges people who have been impacted by the current situation and are looking for temporary roles to support them to get in touch by visiting http://tulipltd.co.uk/careers or emailing [email protected]

After posting the advert a few days ago, Tulip said it already had a ‘great response’.

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