October is a month of change as the weather turns colder, the days get shorter, and the nights get longer. By Halloween, summer feels like a distant memory.This October sees additional change as the government furlough scheme has come to a close. Towards its end, it was estimated that over a million people were receiving furlough. Many of those have faced redundancy and are now entering the jobs market. Some are returning to their previous employer in a job role that might look very different since the pandemic.
If you’ve been receiving furlough, you might be thinking about new opportunities and deciding that now is the right time to look for a new job.
Whether you’re looking for a different role in a familiar industry or are thinking of an entirely new career path, you’ll find plenty of inspiration on JobLookup. We’ve selected some of the big-name companies currently advertising to give you an idea of the career opportunities available right now.
As one of the biggest and most recognisable companies on the planet, Amazon offers a range of job roles and potential for future career progression.
Amazon UK employs 55,000 people across multiple sites, including the head office and photography studio in London, a customer services centre in Edinburgh and 21 fulfilment centres throughout the UK. The minimum hourly wage at Amazon is £11.10 in London and £10.00 for other areas.
Jobs at Amazon are divided into over 30 categories, including Data Science, Business Intelligence, Human Resources and Fulfilment and Operations. Amazon job vacancies range from entry-level positions to senior management roles in a variety of locations across the UK.
Bupa is a private healthcare provider encompassing Bupa Health Services, Bupa UK Insurance, Bupa Dental Care and Bupa Care Services. It has locations across the UK and offers healthcare solutions for both individual customers and corporate clients.
Bupa provides entry-level, professional and clinical roles, both in the UK and globally, across a wide range of specialities. Job vacancies at Bupa often include hands-on roles, such as maintenance or electrical engineering, office-based work, like sales or administration, and patient-facing roles in nursing or medicine.
In 2019, a list compiled by LinkedIn recognised Bupa UK as one of the top 5 companies in which to work. As an employee of Bupa, you’ll receive access to its Smile health and wellbeing initiative, which aims to support staff to be happy and healthy at work.
Tesco is the UK’s biggest supermarket chain, with over 7000 stores and 400,000 employees. Stores are located across the UK, offering plenty of opportunities for job seekers in almost all locations. The head office is in Hertfordshire, with a base in London housing part of the technology team.
Tesco offers career opportunities in various fields, including transport, retail, management, and distribution and fulfilment. Staffing such a vast company requires an ongoing recruitment drive, and Tesco is regularly advertising job vacancies in office-based, technical, customer-facing and professional roles
As an added incentive for jobseekers, Tesco offers its employees additional benefits such as discounted utility services, cinema trips and holidays, as well as a Colleague Clubcard which gives up to 15% off Tesco purchases.
Sky is a broadcasting and telecommunications company that provides paid digital TV, internet and telephone services. The head office is in London, but they also have bases in Germany and Italy, with some job roles offering the possibility of relocation.
The Sky workforce is split into various teams, including Tech, Content & Production, Corporate, Retail, Home Service, Customer Service and Sales. Job vacancies at Sky cover a range of positions, from entry-level to highly skilled professional roles.
Employees at Sky benefit from free Sky services, private dental and healthcare and the opportunity to be the first to test new packages and features.
National Trust is a much-loved charity organisation that preserves heritage and nature sites across the UK. It also runs shops and food outlets within its grounds and manages the marketing and fundraising that comes with running a charity of its size. National Trust welcomes over 22 million visitors each year and offers paid roles as well as volunteer positions.
Jobs at the National Trust are organised into departments, or teams, including HR and Legal, IT, Gardening, Conservation and Marketing. Working for the National Trust comes with additional benefits, like free membership for you and a partner, a subsidised healthcare plan and a company car for some positions.
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