Jobs going as Morrisons, Tesco, police and health services look to hire key workers - here's how to apply

There continue to be a range of job opportunities across the North East, particularly for key workers.

Monday, 27th April 2020, 6:14 pm

Despite the restrictions in place, there are a number of firms recruiting to meet the specific needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.


The Morrisons stores in South Shields and Sunderland (Doxford Park) are looking for customer assistants ( and

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The company’s supermarket in Berwick needs a fresh food manager (, while Alnwick’s Morrisons is recruiting a Market Street counters manager (

Also in Berwick, Tesco is looking to hire a store maintenance technician (

Delivery drivers

Tesco is on the hunt for a customer delivery driver in Sunderland to work 17 hours a week (, while Breezemount is recruiting a full-time 7.5t LGV driver in Gateshead (

Health and care

At the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington, there are currently opportunities for both nursing assistants ( and a cook (

Well Pharmacy in Cramlington is offering short-term full and part-time posts for community pharmacy support colleagues and is looking for people with customer service and retail experience and/or currently undertaking an MPharm degree (

Meanwhile, Boots’ stores across the region are looking for permanent and temporary pharmacists (

Ambulnz Community Partners is recruiting emergency care assistants in Cramlington to work as part of a double-crewed ambulance (

In Sunderland, Mitie, on behalf of Northumbria Police, needs a paramedic to work in police custody (

Also in the town, the North East Autism Society is on the hunt for a number of care support assistants to work within adult residential services (

Care assistants are also needed in Newcastle by Right at Home Tyneside ( and Akari Care (, as well as in Cramlington by RMBI ( and South Shields by Four Seasons Health Care (


First Call Contract Services is recruiting 30 night sorters for Royal Mail working at the Mail Centre based in Gateshead (

Brook Street, on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions, is looking for administration officers for immediate starts in Jobcentres across Northumberland, Tyne and Wear (

Hermes needs night loaders at its Tyneside depot in Boldon (

This is just a selection of the latest roles being advertised. For more, check the website – – and the Twitter feed of Jobcentre Plus in Northumberland, Tyne & Wear – @JCPinNTW.

Meanwhile, the Government has relaunched its adult social care recruitment campaign – Care for Others. Make a Difference – which aims ‘to inspire the public to consider a career in social care’.

Coun Ian Hudspeth, chairman of the Local Government Association’s community wellbeing board, said: “Making sure older and vulnerable people get the care and protection they need to stay safe and well is priority number one for councils.

“Now more than ever, people working in social care are playing a vital and valuable role in society and this campaign is another important boost to this in-demand profession.

“Our own reignited Return to Social Work programme has already trained and recruited dozens of staff and ensuring vulnerable adults and children can continue to receive the essential support that they need. This is in addition to regional recruitment campaigns run by councils themselves.

“Anyone returning to the profession will no doubt share the concerns that have been expressed about shortages of PPE. There remains an urgent need for all social care staff and other council workers to have access to reliable and ongoing supplies of quality PPE, increased rapid and comprehensive testing and greater support with staffing and other equipment.

“This is vital if they are to be best protected and able to play a lead role in defeating coronavirus.”