New job finding service for tourism and hospitality workers launched

Tuesday, 24 March 2020 Scotland Food & Drink Business opportunities,Industry news

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A new free-to-use jobs portal to help workers from the tourism and hospitality sectors who have found themselves displaced as a result of the COVID-19 has been launched.

Supported by the Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA) and UK Hospitality, the recruitment portal is designed to help tourism and hospitality staff find at least temporary employment in other sectors such as food retail and supply, health care and delivery that now require high volumes of staff to get through the crisis.

Harri, the hospitality workforce platform, has created the HospitalityUnite jobs hub free-of-charge.

The new portal, which will help those who have already been made redundant or had contracts terminated, is a free service which will also allow sector companies such as those in the food drink retail and care sector with under-employed staff to second them to work in other sectors during the crisis. Video-screening will be provided as part of the service to speed up the recruitment process.

The portal will not be visible to the public and can only be accessed by the tourism, hospitality community through a link provided by participating companies.


Marc Crothall, CEO of the Scottish Tourism Alliance;

“While hospitality and tourism has received vital support from both the Scottish and UK Governments, the sector is also playing its part in trying to mitigate the hardship that so many of our people have suffered at this time and will suffer in the weeks and months to come, and at the same time help those parts of the economy that now need extra labour to keep the country running.”

James Withers CEO of Scotland Food & Drink;

“This portal provides many of our members be they retailers, producers or farmers with the ideal platform to promote the vacancies they desperately need in these challenging times. Tourism and hospitality workers are well suited to fill many of the jobs that our sector is in urgent need of.”

Pete Willis, Director at Harri;

“HospitalityUnite already has a commitment from the likes of Lidl, Amazon, Planet Organic, Just Eat, Co-op, Waitrose, Care UK, Morrisons, Balhousie Care Group and logistics companies who need additional staff and who see skilled hospitality workers as ideal recruits. Right now we have 4,000 vacancies at Amazon and 2,500 vacancies with Lidl ready to go onto the website,”
“During the current emergency, any hospitality operator will be able to sign up for free resources and courses. These will be available for all hospitality employees on the topics of mental health and well-being, in conjunction with Upskill People & the MIND charity. In the future, the HospitalityUnite site will importantly become a resource to attract people back to the sector,”


Peter Martin, Vice-Presient CGA Peach and industry veteran who has been working alongside Harri on the initiative:

“It will be up to individuals and their companies how they want to use this resource, but it is designed to be another option for them in these challenging times, and we are grateful for the support provided by the STA and UK Hospitality in getting it off the ground.”

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