A free-to-use jobs portal to help workers from the tourism and hospitality sectors who have found themselves displaced as a result of the COVID-19 situation has been launched.

Supported by the Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA) and UK Hospitality, the recruitment portal is designed to help tourism and hospitality staff find at least temporary employment in other sectors such as food retail and supply, health care and delivery that now require high volumes of staff to get through the crisis.

Harri, the hospitality workforce platform, has created the HospitalityUnite jobs hub free-of-charge.

The new portal, which will help those who have already been made redundant or had contracts terminated, is a free service which will also allow sector companies such as those in the food and drink, retail and care sectors with under-employed staff to second them to work in other sectors during the crisis. Video-screening will be provided as part of the service to speed up the recruitment process.

The portal will not be visible to the public and can only be accessed by the tourism and hospitality community through a link provided by participating companies. If you're having to let go of staff, or if you're an organisation wishing to register vacancies, please email [email protected] to receive a PDF with more information.

While hospitality and tourism has received vital support from both the Scottish and UK Governments, the sector is also playing its part in trying to mitigate the hardship that so many of our people have suffered at this time and will suffer in the weeks and months to come, and at the same time help those parts of the economy that now need extra labour to keep the country running. Marc Crothall, CEO of the Scottish Tourism Alliance

This portal provides many of our members be they retailers, producers or farmers with the ideal platform to promote the vacancies they desperately need in these challenging times. Tourism and hospitality workers are well suited to fill many of the jobs that our sector is in urgent need of. James Withers, CEO of Scotland Food & Drink

HospitalityUnite already has a commitment from the likes of Lidl, Amazon, Planet Organic, Just Eat, Co-op, Waitrose, Care UK, Morrisons, Balhousie Care Group and logistics companies who need additional staff and who see skilled hospitality workers as ideal recruits. Right now we have 4,000 vacancies at Amazon and 2,500 vacancies with Lidl ready to go onto the website. Pete Willis, Director at Harri