Leeds job shortages see Northern Monk Brewery receive 1,000 applications for one position

A Leeds-based brewery has received more than 1,000 applications for one packing vacancy.

Friday, 21st August 2020, 4:45 pm
More than 1,000 people applied for one packing vacancy at Northern Monk Brewery

Northern Monk Brewery, based in Holbeck, advertised the job for three weeks and received around 13 times more applications than usual.

The independent brewery, which has a bar in Leeds, said applicants included people who had been made redundant and others who were on furlough during the pandemic.

More than one in 10 young people in parts of Yorkshire have found themselves out of work during the Covid-19 crisis and UK unemployment levels are now at their lowest since 2009.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Northern Monk's HR manager Sophie Lennon (left) said the brewery has weathered the storm of the pandemic well

Northern Monk's HR manager Sophie Lennon said: "We had 1,021 people apply, it was well beyond what we would expect. Normally if we receive between 15 and 75 applications that's great.

"It was anyone and everyone who applied, people from different career backgrounds. A lot of people want to come and work with us for a career change, so it was a varied mix of applicants.

"We had people apply who had been made redundant and people on furlough who may have had different experiences with their employers and wanted a change."

The two Northern Monk refectories, one in Holbeck and the other in Manchester, have now reopened and Sophie says the company has adapted well during the pandemic.

She added: "We've been fortunate to have great support from our followers and customers. We've weathered the storm really well.

"Our bars and customer safety has changed a lot, we're starting to bring people back to the office and we've put lots in place to make sure everyone stays safe.

"We're also doing more to reward our staff as we know how difficult it's been working through the pandemic."

A message from the Editor: Leeds has a fantastic story to tell - and the Yorkshire Evening Post has been rooted firmly at the heart of telling the stories of our city since 1890. We believe in ourselves and hope you believe in us too. We need your support to help ensure we can continue to be at the heart of life in Leeds. Subscribe to our website and enjoy unlimited access to local news and information online and on our app. With a digital subscription, you can read more than 5 articles, see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get access to exclusive newsletters and content. Click here to subscribe. For more details on our newspaper subscription offers click here.

Thank you

Laura Collins