Flexible working group, Redwigwam, welcomes Tesco’s 16,000 new jobs announcement

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Redwigwam, the UK’s leading flexible working community, welcomed today’s announcement by Tesco that it is going to create 16,000 new jobs after the exceptional growth in its online business.

The food retailer revealed that many of the new roles would go to workers who had joined them on a temporary basis at the start of the pandemic.

The new posts will include 10,000 staff to pick customer orders from shelves and 3,000 delivery drivers.

Lorna Davidson, Founder and CEO of redwigwam, said: “It is fantastic to hear that Tesco are creating so many new jobs but particularly that many of them are going to go to flexible workers who helped them meet huge consumer demand during lockdown.

“It highlights how taking on roles as temporary workers can help open doors to longer term opportunities for those who might be between full-time roles.

“Others will prefer to maintain the freedom that being a flexible worker gives them in terms of their work-life balance.

“We are seeing that many businesses, particularly in sectors such as FMCG and logistics, are increasingly moving towards a more balanced workforce of full-time and flexible workers.”

redwigwam has seen a huge rise in the number of workers and businesses using its AI-powered online platform since the coronavirus lockdown began. There are now over 130,000 workers registered on the platform and over 3,500 businesses.

Businesses using the redwigwam community to find workers include Coca-Cola, Kellogg’s, Morrisons, Tesco, Burtons Biscuits, SimplyCook, the Snaffling Pig Company and Revolution Bars.

redwigwam recently unveiled a new brand identity and high-profile integrated marketing campaign, including a national TV advertising debut under the banner “Changing Work for Good”. It follows private equity investment into the Liverpool-based business secured during the lockdown.