Fruit picking among the most popular UK job searches during lockdown

The current pandemic has been very troubling on employment, as many in the UK have faced redundancies, put on the government’s furlough scheme or been ineligible for it and left to apply for Universal Credit.

Recent figures show that around a quarter of the UK’s workforce has been placed on the government’s job retention scheme, although it’s estimated that almost seven million jobs could be lost in the coming months.

With most industries facing cuts and downsizing of some sort, many people have had to start looking for jobs elsewhere. Data from careers website Debut Careers has revealed the jobs and companies which have seen the biggest increase in searches since the UK entered lockdown.

Other than NHS roles and supermarket jobs, proofreading, fruit-picking, and postman jobs were also popular. According to an article on, fruit picking jobs saw an 843% increase and general farm jobs saw a 21% increase.

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