Online sales boom drives spike in ecommerce job searches

The UK’s record online retail sales boom has sent searches for ecommerce jobs skyrocketing over the last month.

Searches for “picker” jobs more than doubled between February 1 and March 1 2021, while searches for “picker packer” roles increased by 56 per cent, according to new data from Indeed Flex.

This was mirrored in searches for “warehouse associate”, increasing 82 per cent, while “delivery driver” role searches recorded a 79 per cent boost.

The easing of lockdown restrictions has also encouraged jobseekers to look for jobs in other sectors which have been forced to close for the last three months, with bar and waitressing jobs jumping 98 per cent and 60 per cent respectively over the past two weeks.

It comes as online retail spending hit an all time high in the UK in February, seeing the percentage of total sales nearly double year-on-year from 19.1 per cent to 36.3 per cent.

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It also reflected a significant boost in job postings across the UK, rising to their highest level since last April.

Retail occupations rose 23 per cent in the three weeks to March 12, while loading and stocking operation listings jumped 33 per cent in the same period.

“Covid-19 slammed the brakes on the UK jobs market and left many people wondering where to turn to next but as the vaccination programme continues apace and the economy slowly reopens, there is light at the end of the tunnel and thousands of new roles are becoming available every week,” Indeed Flex co-founder and chief executive Jack Beaman said.

“We know people were increasingly seeking flexible working options before the pandemic and our research shows there has been a rise in searches for part-time work since the first lockdown.

“About one third of our Flexers — verified workers on the platform — have switched their career from the hospitality industry to industrial or facilities management due to Covid-19. These pivots as well as approximately one third of the UK workforce working part-time mean Indeed Flex can help match this significant contingent of the workforce — as well as those seeking to balance work-life priorities — to actively hiring employers.”

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