Hiring News for October

29th October, 2020
By 29. October 2020News
Hiring News for October

Traditionally October is a good month for hiring in the lead up to increased Christmas demand. While there are still sectors where hiring is strong, the ongoing pandemic continues to force businesses to make redundancies. The countdown to the end of the furlough scheme has begun. From Thursday the scheme is being replaced by a jobs support package and the government’s contribution to furloughed workers’ wages will be reduced.

Last month Lloyds announced that they would be cutting 865 jobs as part of plans to restructure the business. The group has also decided to keep the majority of its 65,000 staff working remotely: “In line with guidance from the UK and national governments, and given the majority of our colleagues are working from home, we have asked them to continue to do so until at least spring,” a spokesperson for Lloyds Banking Group said in a statement. More home working is likely to be a permanent fixture for many firms.

Meanwhile, in the lead up to Christmas, Royal Mail is looking to fill a record number of temporary seasonal jobs due to a surge in online shopping during the pandemic. It will be hiring 33,000 additional workers for the Christmas period – two-thirds more than usual. More than 13,000 mail centre sorting posts are available in England, 1,400 posts in Scotland, 700 posts in Wales and 500 posts in Northern Ireland. The temporary workers will mainly work in sorting offices, delivery vans and data centres.

The delivery firm Yodel is also gearing up to meet demand. It will be hiring 2,500 self-employed drivers and nearly 500 staff in its sorting centres across the UK to bolster its operations. “We think it will be the biggest online Christmas ever, by some way,” said a company spokesperson. The rise in online shopping has undoubtedly been accelerated by the coronavirus crisis.

Elsewhere the need for tech skills continues, given that organisations see harnessing digital as a gateway to greater agility. The immediate demand will almost certainly mean an uptick in IT contractor usage, given the current market uncertainty. Positions such as Network Architecture and Engineering are gaining in popularity, with more people working remotely. This coincides with the arrival of 5G, which was already ramping up the need for core telecommunications, network and architecture skills. Day rates for a Network Architect are around £475-£525.

Cloud technology is also another area of tech to see hiring uplift. As more companies migrate from traditional server environments to the cloud, there’s a growing need for contractors to support cloud infrastructure and engineering. Multi-cloud and hybrid cloud were already big trends pegged for 2020 and the pandemic is only likely to accelerate this. There’s a particular demand for AWS, Microsoft Azure, Docker, DevOps and Kubernetes, with Cloud Consultant Day Rates at around £550-£600.

Here are some of the companies that are hiring on their websites on 16th October according to LinkedIn.






Broadcast Media

  • Sky: 232 open roles


Building Materials


Civil Engineering


Computer Software

  • Sage: 149 open roles




Consumer Electronics


Defence and Space




Facilities Services


Financial services


Government Administration


Hospital & Health Care


Information Technology & Services

  • BJSS: 110 open roles
  • Capgemini: 170 open roles
  • Capita: 201 open roles
  • CGI: 57 open roles
  • Microsoft: 96 open roles
  • Qinetiq : 90+ open roles (NEW)
  • Serco: 81 open roles
  • Version 1: 50+ open roles
  • Vodafone: 195 open roles (NEW)






Leisure, Travel & Tourism


Logistics & Supply Chain


Medical Device


Oil & Energy

  • Wood: 60+ open roles (NEW)









  • ARM: 161 open roles







  • SSE plc: 75 open roles


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