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Coronavirus: the business winners and losers during March 2020

The Jobs Barometer recorded 129,558 job movements across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors in the UK during March 2020. These comprised 86,407 gains and 43,151 losses in a 67%/33% split.

 

In the private sector (see data tables below) retailing topped the job gains chart (accounting for 48.3% of the total gains) and also topped the job losses table (making up 39.2% of the total). Firms which had been teetering on the brink of collapse before COVID-19 struck soon slipped under, while others – such as supermarkets and other ‘essential’ retail businesses – launched hiring initiatives to service the changing demands of the marketplace brought on by restrictions and infection fears.

 

The Government’s furloughing initiative prevented an avalanche of job losses in retail and elsewhere, for now at least – otherwise the Jobs Barometer would be showing a very different picture.

 

Leisure & Hospitality was also heavily impacted in March by the unfolding crisis, accounting for 36.5% of the job losses and 15.7% of the job gains, as businesses that could benefit from the stay-at-home and social-distancing restrictions did so.

 

At a regional level, firms in London accounted for 24.6% of the job gains, while the East of England made up 31.1% of the losses.


Region – Private sector  only

Job gains

Gain %

Job losses

Loss %
London 17712 24.6% 9378 23.2%
East of England 14654 20.3% 12600 31.1%
West Midlands 13095 18.2% 3754 9.3%
Yorkshire and the Humber 10349 14.4% 849 2.1%
North West 6434 8.9% 3502 8.7%
South East 5305 7.4% 731 1.8%
East Midlands 1286 1.8% 1868 4.6%
North East 514 0.7% 1090 2.7%
South West 97 0.1% 2352 5.8%
England Total 69446 96% 36124 89%
Scotland 1943 2.7% 406 1.0%
Northern ireland 599 0.8% 1080 2.7%
Wales 32 0.0% 2853 7.1%
United Kingdom Total 72020 100% 40463 100%

Sector Group – Private sector only

Job gains

Gain %

Job losses

Loss %
Retailing & Wholesaling 34777 48.3% 15853 39.2%
Health & veterinary services 11909 16.5% 0 0.0%
Leisure & hospitality 11297 15.7% 14772 36.5%
Property & Construction 2985 4.1% 529 1.3%
Food & Beverages 1923 2.7% 2599 6.4%
Business services 1733 2.4% 271 0.7%
Chemicals, pharmac & biotech 1663 2.3% 180 0.4%
Banks & financial services 1577 2.2% 277 0.7%
Vehicles & Components 900 1.2% 352 0.9%
IT & telecommunications 868 1.2% 300 0.7%
Engineering & Manufacturing 861 1.2% 1198 3.0%
Transport & Storage 585 0.8% 2939 7.3%
Media & publishing 453 0.6% 0 0.0%
Energy, utilities, waste 318 0.4% 609 1.5%
Aerospace & defence 100 0.1% 455 1.1%
Electronics and electrical 71 0.1% 0 0.0%
Consumer goods & services 0 0.0% 129 0.3%
Total 72020 100% 40463 100%

Date

Organisation

Turnover £m

Employees

Sector Group

What’s Happening
03/02/2020 Spirit AeroSystems 571.7 945 Aerospace & defence Creating 100 Jobs – Investment £22m in Facility – Supported by £2m Grant
03/02/2020 BrightHouse 273.9 2651 Retailing & Wholesaling Likely to Enter Administration – 2,400 Jobs & 240 Stores at Risk – High Compensation Claims
04/02/2020 Department of Health and Social Care Health, Social & Other Care National Recruitment Campaign – Hiring Paramedics, Radiographers & Nurses – 76,000 Roles by 2025
04/02/2020 H & M (Hennes & Mauritz) 1050 8128 Retailing & Wholesaling Closing Stoke Warehouse – 529 Jobs at Risk – Work Transferred to Milton Keynes
05/02/2020 ER Travel Services Ltd 35.97 280 Transport & Storage Acquired Out of Administration – 250 Jobs Secured
05/02/2020 Barclays 28700 83500 Banks & financial services Plans to Cut 250 Jobs – Increasing Collaboration
06/02/2020 Flybe 732 1748 Transport & Storage In Administration – 2000 Jobs at Risk – Financial Losses
06/02/2020 Right at Home UK 15 Health & veterinary services Plans to Create 250 Jobs in North West – Increased Demand
07/02/2020 Cath Kidston 119.8 941 Retailing & wholesaling In Administration – Insufficient Funds due to Pandemic Lockdown – Furloughed 820 Staff – Jobs at Risk
07/02/2020 Welsh Bros Foods Ltd 29 Food & Beverages 29 Redundancies – Ceased Trading – Business Downturn
10/02/2020 Jacobs Engineering Group 9000 Property & Construction Creating 400 Jobs in Cumbria – Secured £250m Deal for Nuclear Projects
10/02/2020 Unilever 45770 158000 Consumer goods & services Closing Warrington factory – Making 123 Redundancies
11/02/2020 Sailsbury Poultry 116.85 520 Food & Beverages Expanding Headquarters – Creating 40 Jobs – Growing Business
11/02/2020 Siemens Mobility 1100 2724 Engineering & manufacturing Hiring Apprentices for New E.Mids Manufacturing Site – 700 Jobs in Total – Business Growth
12/02/2020 iSupplyEnergy 145.5 210 Energy, utilities, waste Acquired by EDF Energy – 250 Jobs at Risk in Restructure
12/02/2020 Rapid7 18.23 237 IT & telecommunications Opening New Belfast Office – Invested £8m – Creating 200 Jobs
13/02/2020 Tata Steel 2410 8500 Engineering & manufacturing 500 UK Jobs at Risk – Restructuring Operations – Cutting 1250 Jobs Across Europe
13/02/2020 East Midlands Airport 61 629 Transport & Storage Recruitment Drive – Roles for 100 Security Staff – Summer Growth Expected
14/02/2020 Halfords 937.5 8761 Retailing & Wholesaling Closing Performance Bike Stores – 226 Jobs at Risk – Business Performance
14/02/2020 Morrisons 8800 100000 Retailing & Wholesaling Expanding Home Delivery Service – 3,500 Jobs Expected – Business Growth
17/02/2020 Dixons Carphone 10400 42990 Retailing & Wholesaling Closing 531 Stores Nationwide – 2,900 Jobs at Risk – Follows Business Review
17/02/2020 Atlas Cloud IT & telecommunications Creating 20 Jobs – Secured £2m Funding – Supporting Growth Plans
18/02/2020 Aperture Trading 330 Engineering & Manufacturing Entered Administration – 120 Redundancies – Seeking Buyer
18/02/2020 John Pye Auctions 17.56 353 Retailing & Wholesaling Creating 70 Jobs – Meeting Increasing Demand
19/02/2020 P F Burridge & Sons 15.5 133 Property & Construction In Administration – 105 Jobs Lost – Trading Ceased
19/02/2020 Co-Op Retailing & Wholesaling Creating 5,000 New Jobs – Positions Available for Workers Affected by Outbreak – Increased Demand
20/02/2020 O’Neill’s Sports 632 Retailing & Wholesaling Northern Irish Factory Closed Until May 2020 – 750 Jobs at Risk
20/02/2020 Asda 22800 145997 Retailing & Wholesaling Recruiting 5,000 temporary staff – Essential retailer status
21/02/2020 Butlins 230.14 3866 Leisure & hospitality 10000 staff laid off – All Sites Closed Temporarily
21/02/2020 Tesco 63. 900 448988 Retailing & Wholesaling 5,000 Jobs Created – Surge in Demand as a Result of Outbreak
24/02/2020 Jury’s Inn 341.02 Leisure & hospitality Site Closed for 4 weeks – 80 Staff Made Redundant
24/02/2020 Lloyds Pharmacy 1980 16905 Chemicals, pharmac & biotech Hiring 1,500 workers across the country – Increased Demand
25/02/2020 Jaguar Land Rover 20900 27000 Vehicles & Components 162 Jobs Cut in Merseyside – Part of Volume Run Down Plans
26/02/2020 Exemplar Health Care Health & veterinary services Creating 1000 Jobs – Increased Demand
26/02/2020 Wren Kitchens 490.78 4157 Retailing & Wholesaling Hundreds of Job Cuts from showrooms and factories – Underperformance
27/02/2020 Muller UK & Ireland 1900 7476 Food & Beverages Hiring 300 New Staff – Increased Demand for Dairy Products
27/02/2020 Chiquito 69.74 2208 Food & Beverages In Administration – 1500 Jobs at Risk – Sales Decline
27/02/2020 Massarella Gelaterie Ltd 13.7 540 Leisure & hospitality In Administration – 340 Jobs Lost – All Sites closed due to COVID-19
28/02/2020 Addo Food Group 312.5 2722 Food & Beverages Recruiting for 700 New Jobs – Staff needed across Six Sites – Increased Food Demand
28/02/2020 Gordon Ramsay Restaurants 53.6 764 Leisure & hospitality 500 Jobs Lost – Business downturn as restaurants closed

A selection of organisations that experienced
job movements during
 March 2020

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