Things will be better this summer, London. Starting with your job…
Londoners have been among the most impacted by the pandemic when it comes to employment. Of the 813,000 decrease in payrolled employees since March 2020, data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) indicates that 223,000 of those can be attributed to employees living in London. That’s around 27% of all those that have lost their jobs since the start of the pandemic.
However, according to our recent survey results*, 19% of Londoners have been waiting for lockdown to end before looking for work – and 22% also said they didn’t believe companies were hiring. Luckily, we can help with that.
In fact, with more businesses having opened their doors as restrictions eased on May 17th, and over 50,000 jobs in London available on reed.co.uk, now could finally be the perfect time to find something new.
To help inspire you, here are 10 of the top companies hiring across the capital:
What Aldi is: The UK’s fifth largest supermarket, with over 900 stores across the country.
What Aldi does: Offers great quality products at affordable prices – including everything from everyday essentials such as fruit and veg, through to DIY products, garden items, award winning wines and much more.
Why you should work for Aldi: It’s one of the fastest growing retail businesses in the UK, and also a multi-award-winning employer. Aldi is regularly voted one of the country’s top employers by its members of staff, and plans to open another 300 stores by 2025.
What Cision is: Globally-recognised PR and communications software specialist, with offices in 22 countries around the world. Its London HQ is based in Canary Wharf.
What Cision does: Helps more than 5,000 businesses power their public relations. Cision’s innovative software allows its clients to target key influencers, distribute strategic content, engage their audiences, and track and measure impact.
Why you should work for Cision: Benefits of working for Cision include excellent career progression, subsidised gym memberships, dental and healthcare plans, and more.
What Deloitte is: Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (more commonly known as Deloitte), is a multinational professional services company. Not to mention one of the biggest companies in the world.
What Deloitte does: One of the ‘big four’ professional services firms, Deloitte provides tax advice, auditing, accountancy, financial consultancy and more – to businesses in 150 countries across the globe.
Why you should work for Deloitte: Deloitte really cares about its staff. It offers flexible working, a diverse and inclusive working environment, and a regular programme of wellbeing activities throughout the year to help keep your physical and mental health in check.
What haart is: haart is the UK’s largest independent estate agent.
What haart does: Every year, it helps thousands of customers to buy, sell, let or rent their properties through its 100+ branches. About a third of which are located in and around London.
Why you should work for haart: haart isn’t just looking for experienced Estate Agents. There are a number of trainee roles available too, many with the option to work from home. So if you’re looking for a post-lockdown career change, a job with haart could be for you.
What H&T is: Harvey and Thompson (commonly referred to as H&T) is one of the country’s oldest pawnbrokers, serving communities in London since 1897.
What H&T does: H&T offers financial services online and in-store, helping customers looking to buy, borrow or sell a range of goods. It also offers currency exchanges, cheque cashing, and a range of other services.
Why you should work for H&T: You’ll meet people from all walks of life and build personal and meaningful relationships with your customers. Not to mention get great discounts across all of its products.
What Mind is: The UK’s leading mental health charity.
What Mind does: Provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Mind campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. Because it’s OK not to be OK.
Why you should work for Mind: Approximately one in four people will experience a mental health problem in any given year. The work Mind does helps thousands navigate some of their toughest times – meaning the work you do won’t just make a difference, it might actually help save lives.
What NRF is: A global law firm, recruiting for dozens of roles throughout London.
What NRF does: Provides some of the world’s biggest companies and financial institutions with a full business law service. In other words, when it comes to law, NRF is kind of a big deal.
Why you should work for NRF: Excellent salaries, flexible and hybrid working (even after the pandemic), and private healthcare for all of its staff. Not to mention a great city centre location right next to Tower Bridge.
What the NHS is: The UK’s premier healthcare provider. With 1.2 million employees across the country, it’s also one of the largest employers in the world.
What the NHS does: The NHS provides a wide range of free health services to people in the UK. So no matter what care or assistance someone needs, and no matter what their financial situation is, they will always be treated.
What roles are on offer: Every healthcare role imaginable, as well as jobs for porters, plumbers, cleaners, call handlers, and practically any other job you can think of.
Why you should work for NHS: The NHS has been saving lives for over 70 years. It’s also been absolutely pivotal throughout the pandemic and, as we continue to move out of lockdown, it needsmore people than ever before to help beat COVID-19.
What Ticketmaster is: The world’s number one destination for live event tickets.
What Ticketmaster does: Its website records an incredible 200 million unique visits every single year, selling everything from tickets to music and sporting events, right through to entry for comedy gigs, theatre, arts and family attractions.
Why you should work for Ticketmaster: Now live events are starting to open back up, demand for tickets has never been higher. There’s really never been a better time to join the team – and yes, you do get discounted tickets as part of the package.
What Whitbread is: A hotel and hospitality giant (and FTSE 100 company), employing almost 35,000 staff across the country.
What Whitbread does: Owns and operates the likes of Premier Inn, Beefeater and Brewers Fayre as part of its portfolio. Whitbread even had a royal endorsement from the Prince of Wales for its reaction to COVID-19.
What roles are on offer: Every hotel, hospitality and catering role imaginable – as well as jobs within the marketing, HR and tech teams.
Why you should work for Whitbread: Discounted hotel stays, discounted meals, discounted family days out and more. You even get discounts on Premier Inn’s famous Hypnos mattresses and beds!
Other great companies hiring in London include: AO.com (looking for gas apprentices and delivery drivers across London), Asahi (who makes London Pride, Meantime Pale, and a host of other great London-based beers), Network Homes (a charitable housing association aiming to make a positive impact across the capital), Safestore (the self-storage specialists), Hermes (looking for self-employed couriers), Wowcher (the online discount specialists), and many more.
Ready to find a new job after lockdown? View all jobs in London now.
*Online survey of 2,001 adults aged 18-64 in the UK who are either employed (full- or part-time), furloughed or unemployed. Survey conducted in January 2021 by Atomik Research on behalf of reed.co.uk