Although some sectors have come to a complete standstill due to the corona measures, at the moment there are also branches that need extra personnel. This includes, for example, healthcare, agriculture and horticulture and logistics, the UWV reports on Thursday.
“The labor market suddenly looks very different from a month ago. Suddenly you can stand for the fact that there is currently no work in your profession,” says UWV director Tof Thissen.
This applies, for example, to the catering industry, which has been closed since mid-March. The event industry, wellness centers and hairdressing shops are also down.
An initial inventory by the government agency shows that clothing stores, construction, holiday parks, the travel industry and parts of the industry are also struggling. There are no compulsory closures here, but it appears to be more difficult to continue the work due to the reduced demand, the limitation of social contact or problems with imports.
Retired healthcare workers will return
The UWV wants to point out to people that there are still opportunities to find work, because there is more to do in certain sectors. In healthcare, for example, people who were already retired are asked to assist.
There is also a great demand for personnel in agriculture and horticulture. “Many migrant workers from Eastern Europe have left for their home country, or find it more difficult to come here,” said the UWV. Harvests are even in danger of being lost due to this problem. However, there is a surplus of staff in floriculture due to a lack of demand from abroad.
With more online shopping, there is currently more demand for parcel and mail deliverers and staff in distribution centers. Customer contact centers and IT helpdesks are also extra busy.
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