Laid-off hotel staff offered jobs at MarketPlace
A supermarket chain has launched an attempt to recruit from the ranks of laid-off workers at the Fairmont Southampton hotel.
The plan was revealed after more than 700 jobs were lost because the hotel is to shut for about two years for major renovation work.
Seth Stutzman, the president of The MarketPlace group, said: “We recognise that we have a responsibility to support our community, particularly during times of national need.
“Since the start of the pandemic, we've worked tirelessly to find different ways to support our community, with our multi-day 5 per cent discount extended to December, employment partnerships with businesses to temporarily contract employees and video series highlighting local entrepreneurs.
“This initiative aims to keep Bermudians employed, while helping The MarketPlace better serve customers.”
Ronnette Burgess, the director of administration for The MarketPlace, added: “We are seeking individuals who possess the right qualities, have the ability to express them and would like a career change in the grocery industry.”
But she added: “ Additionally, recruitment in general continues as normal and we'll also continue providing opportunities for school leavers and graduates.
The roles available include floor merchandisers, cashiers and personal shoppers to fill online orders, plus a variety of other roles at PriceRite stores and Sears. Full and part-time positions will be available.
The MarketPlace formed employment partnerships with several businesses from industries most-affected by the pandemic — including the hotel and restaurant sector — to create a shared-resource model to offer temporary contracts at The MarketPlace.
A spokesman said many of these temporary staff had opted for permanent jobs with the group.
• Submit completed applications and supporting documents in person to The MarketPlace's Human Resources department, located on the second floor of Shopping Centre store, or e-mail email@example.com. Applications will be prioritised