Staff working in the hospitality industry are being offered temporary secondments to work in other sectors while the measures to slow the spread of the Coronavirus could force some tourism businesses to close.
Local recruitment agency GR8 is supporting employees who may be facing redundancy by finding them roles elsewhere so that they can remain in the island and return to their business once the crisis is over.
The JHA is working with GR8 in a scheme which is being supported by Jersey Business with additional input from the Jersey Chamber of Commerce.
Temporary employment contracts have been drawn up and are ready to use and the Jersey Hospitality Association (JHA) is urging employers who need vacancies to be filled while staff are in self-isolation to get in touch, even if only a few hours are needed.
Simon Soar, Chief Executive of the JHA, said: “GR8 are going above and beyond to help our industry with this creative solution and they are doing this at cost. This could make the difference between a hospitality business being able to re-open once this crisis has passed or whether it has to close for good. We are at the stage where some businesses are having to make that choice.
“I am encouraging anyone who needs people to meet any gaps while their staff are self-isolating or have to look after their families to get in touch, even if it’s only for a few hours. It’s 75 years since the island last faced such a serious crisis and I hope Islanders haven’t forgotten what it is to be a community that looks out for each other.”
Sandpiper CI have requested staff for their outlets with 45 jobs in Jersey and 25 in Guernsey needing to be filled, Waitrose and other major retailers and wholesalers are also working with GR8 to provide temporary employment solutions.
Businesses who need staff are being asked to contact GR8 directly by email firstname.lastname@example.org or to call 488788.