Continuous demand in retail trade and logistics due to SARS-CoV-2 measures

The consequences of the federal and cantonal measures taken against the spread of SARS-CoV-2 are leading to major changes in the demand for flexible workers. There are marked differences between sectors and rapid changes in sectors by employees in flexible employment relationships.

We will update this space with a weekly evaluation of the data of over 300,000 employees and over 15,000 companies registered with Coople in Switzerland. Calendar week 8 marks the week before the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Switzerland and will serve as the point of comparison within our graph.

As our Managing Director – Yves Schneuwly – observes: Demand for staff remains very high in retail business. We’ve seen consumption shift from basic supplies to lifestyle products.”

  • In the retail sector, there is a shift from basic supplies to lifestyle products (wine/spirits, toys/electronics etc.). thus resulting in an increase in staffing requirements in order to process online orders (customer service, logistics including delivery). 
  • In general, online retailing currently has a great need for workers. Many businesses are considering increasing capacity at short notice by extending shift operations.
  • In supermarkets, “bulk buying” is declining as people go shopping more regularly. Accordingly, processes and the demand for workers is stabilising. The demand for workers remains very high.
  • The public discussion suggests a possible relaxation of measures after April 19. Many Coople customers are beginning to plan for the time after the SARS-CoV-2 measures relax. It remains unknown how these relaxed measures will be implemented and what effect they will have on staffing requirements. 
  • The demand for workers in the airport, hospitality and event business remains very low.  
  • The office sector remains stable and long-term assignments remain constant.

The weekly evaluation of Coople’s data helps to better track the rapid shifts in the flexible labour market.

Should you have any questions or suggestions as to how we can present our findings to you, please feel free to contact us directly at media.ch@coople.com.

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