Musgrave Group has joined the ranks of supermarkets shopping for staff amid mass layoffs in other swathes of the economy.
The parent company of SuperValu, Centra and Daybreak said yesterday it needs hundreds of extra temporary workers with retail, fresh food, hospitality, driving and warehousing experience.
German grocers Aldi and Lidl last week announced they are seeking reinforcements to their work forces from the many thousands who have lost their jobs in the shellshocked retail, catering and hospitality sectors.
Musgrave said it was liaising with leaders of the Restaurants Association of Ireland and the Irish Hotels Federation and encouraging recently laid-off people with any of the specified skill sets to contact their local SuperValu, Centra or Daybreak, too.
"We are doing all that we can, in the safest way that we can, to support communities across Ireland during this difficult time," said Musgrave chief executive Noel Keeley.
"There has been a huge increase in demand across our network for the past week and a half. We expect to see increased footfall for an extended period now. To meet this level of demand, we need to increase our team numbers and ensure we have enough people to allow our current staff to get time to rest.
"We are very conscious that thousands of people have found themselves out of work," Mr Keeley said. "We're working closely with different representative bodies to prioritise those in the restaurant, food and retail sectors who were amongst the first to lose their jobs because of Covid-19."
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