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Thousands of new jobs advertised to meet coronavirus demand: which sectors are hiring?

Companies that are central to the effort to keep the country standing during the coronavirus crisis have posted thousands of job listings online.

New adverts for all kinds of jobs, from delivery drivers and nurses to teachers and cleaners, have appeared in the past few days.

These offer a ray of hope among a general feeling of gloom, as some firms have been forced to make staff redundant and there have been almost half a million new applications for Universal Credit, with claimants reporting online queues into the tens of thousands.

Some major supermarkets have announced massive hiring sprees in an effort to meet demand. Morrisons is hiring 3,500 new delivery drivers while Tesco is hiring 20,000 new staff.

On social media, applicants were reporting that they had interviewed for a job, been hired and asked to start the following day such is the rush to fill the slots.

However, analysis from leading recruitment websites showed that it was not just supermarkets hiring en masse. The figures show a huge spike in firms hiring in some sectors, including distribution and social care, but a worrying dip in others, including catering and hospitality.

According to CV Library, an online jobs board, listings in the distribution sector were 17.5pc higher in the week commencing March 16 compared to the week before. Job adverts in telecoms were up 2.2pc and social care 0.3pc.

However, new adverts for catering jobs fell by 60.5pc, administration by 53.9pc and hospitality by 45pc.