Iceland to ‘fast-track’ Ukrainian applicants into depot jobs

Frozen food retailer Iceland is offering to “fast-track” Ukrainians into warehouse jobs, with support being offered to secure accommodation and the right to work in the UK.

Iceland’s managing director, Richard Walker, made the announcement on social media, featuring a link to a recruitment page for the grocer’s logistics partner GXO, which offers both lorry driver and warehouse roles, with their network.

In a Linkedin post, Walker said: “The conflict in Ukraine has prompted each and every one of us to think about how we can support those whose lives and homes are being taken away from them. ”

As of today [8 March 2022], we’ll be fast tracking Ukrainians who want to come to the UK by offering them jobs within our depot network. They’ll get support in finding accommodation & their right to work application.”

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Walker also hopes this helps those in need to secure visas.

He also posted a similar message on Twitter.

However, it is unclear how Ukrainian applications will be fast-tracked as Iceland has not provided any further details as of yet.

The move comes just days after Iceland back-pedalled on its decision to remove all plastic from its shelves by 2023.

Iceland’s managing director, Richard Walker, admitted the frozen retailers’ plastic packaging pledge was likely impossible but thought it was important to try anyway.

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