Top companies hiring October 2021

Searching for a new job in October? You’re in for a treat…

According to our recent research*, 41% of adults are actively looking for work right now. In fact, we may be on the cusp of something being dubbed ‘The Great Resignation’ – as workers around the world begin to reevaluate their career options post-pandemic. However, if you’re worried about increased competition for roles, don’t panic. Job numbers are continuing to boom – with roles added in September up by 7% month-on-month/year-on-year.

So if you’re ready to love Mondays again, and you’re looking for a job you adore, here are just five companies hiring right now:

The run up to Black Friday and the festive period will see companies ramp up their recruitment to cope with the pre-Christmas rush. And online retail giant is no exception.

It’s one of the biggest electrical stores in the country, selling everything from the latest smart tech and TVs, to home appliances, power tools, and practically anything else you can think of. 

The company is on the lookout for everyday heroes to work in its warehouses, as well as delivery drivers and customer service staff. Ready to find your next challenge with AO? Let’s go.

Roles in demand:

Three things you might not know about include:

  • One of its company mantras is ‘treat every customer like they’re your gran’
  • It does everything humanly possible to get the latest tech and electricals to its customers. By van, by hand or by boat (yep, that actually happened)
  • It started at a pub in Bolton with a £1 bet (and a belief that things could be done better!)

Location: Throughout the UK. 

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Chances are, if you’ve done any form of exam at some point in your life, you’ve heard of AQA**.

The independent education charity is the largest provider of academic qualifications taught in schools and colleges, setting and marking papers for around half of all GCSEs and A-levels sat in the UK. Born out of five leading universities, AQA has over a century of expertise when it comes to qualifications. 

Today, it employs more than 1,000 people, and works with around 27,000 teachers, lecturers, subject experts and academics. And it’s looking to add to the team all throughout October. 

Roles in demand:

Benefits of working for AQA include:

  • Hybrid working for most roles, meaning you’ll spend an average of two days in the office per week
  • 25 days’ annual leave (rising to 30 days post-probation), plus all Bank Holidays off and additional Christmas leave
  • A 35 hour working week, as well as enhanced maternity/paternity schemes, life assurance, and excellent pension contributions provided as standard  

Location: Manchester and Guildford. 

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Burger King

Hungry for a new challenge? We’ve got this. 

Burger King has huge expansion plans over the next few years, which means it’s looking for staff across the country to help keep the nation fed. 

Full training is provided, so no previous experience is necessary to join the team. Prospective candidates just need a positive and proactive attitude, and the ability to work well as part of a team. If you think you’ve got what it takes, apply today.


Roles in demand:

Benefits of working for Burger King include:

  • Flexible hours, and lots of progression opportunities
  • Discount vouchers to hundreds of well-known retailers 
  • 50% off food and drink for yourself, as well as your friends and family (not to mention free meals at work too)

Location: Throughout the UK, including everywhere from Newquay and Newport, to London, Livingstone and more. 

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Elder is the UK’s fastest growing live-in care agency – and it’s looking for people right now to help in its mission to reinvent what it means to age.

Elder believes that nobody should have to go into a care home unless they want to. That’s why it’s here to provide an alternative – bringing expert, 24/7 care directly to the homes elderly people across the UK. 

As part of Elder’s community, you’ll do something truly life-changing. And on top of your weekly earnings, you’ll have a comfortable place to stay, bonuses and car allowances on some placements, plus double pay on bank holidays. Apply today and see where an Elder placement could take you.

Roles in demand:

What you’ll need to work for Elder:

  • Professional experience as a reliable carer working in adult or elderly care
  • The ability to commit to placements for a minimum of seven nights
  • Empathy, compassion, dedication, reliability and a friendly smile

Location: Throughout the UK. 

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Vitality is an insurance company with a difference. 

Like other insurance, it protects you when things go wrong. But unlike other insurance, you don’t have to claim to benefit. That’s because Vitality actually wants to help you lead a healthier life. In other words, it rewards you for being healthy.

That promise applies as much to its people as it does to its members. So, as well as a highly competitive pay package, staff receive a shed load of additional benefits to keep their physical and mental health on track. Meaning it could be the perfect choice for anyone looking for a role in tech, sales, customer service or HR (whilst also aiming to kick-start a new, healthier lifestyle). 

Roles in demand:

Benefits of working for Vitality include:

  • Access to its award-winning private Vitality Health insurance and wellness incentive programme
  • Access to The Vitality Programme – meaning discounts with Apple Watch, Waitrose and Partners, Garmin, Amazon Prime, Champneys Spa days, Rakuten TV, and half-price gym memberships to name a few
  • Internal incentives, competitions, and awards – including a chance to win football and sports tickets, or to go on an all expenses paid holiday of a lifetime

Location: London, Bournemouth and Stockport. 

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*Online survey conducted by Atomik Research among 2,002 adults in the UK  –  all employed full (80%) or part-time (20%) – between 17th – 20th August 2021.. Atomik Research is an independent creative market research agency that employs MRS-certified researchers and abides to MRS code

**see also: stared at the acronym for hours on an exam paper praying for inspiration



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