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Parcel delivery firm DPD to hire 6,000 UK workers to meet online retail boom

first_img“We are making this unprecedented investment in our infrastructure and people to ensure we can continue to meet the high levels of demand for our services.”Among the jobs being created, there will be 2,500 new full-time hires for positions such as in depots and management, and 3,500 new drivers are being recruited.It will also invest 200 million pounds (US$250 million) in its next-day delivery services.Parcel delivery is one of the few industries which is growing during the economic maelstrom caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Parcel delivery firm DPD said on Thursday it would create 6,000 new UK-based jobs and increase investment in infrastructure to meet a boom in online shopping caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and a possible longer-term shift in retail habits.DPD said demand for its services had risen even before the UK entered its coronavirus lockdown in March, and had continued while people’s access to shops was restricted.“We are experiencing the biggest boom in online retailing in the UK’s history,” said Dwain McDonald, Chief Executive of DPD UK. Britain’s economy shrank by a quarter over March and April, and finance minister Rishi Sunak has admitted that unprecedented measures for government to help pay workers’ wages during lockdown will not be enough to avoid job losses.However, some companies are expanding. Last week broadband firm CityFibre said it would create up to 10,000 new jobs over the next three years.DPD UK’s McDonald said that elements of the online delivery boom would be permanent, outlasting the pandemic, and that conversations with retailers signalled a significant shift in behaviour in their models.“It looks like there will remain a much greater reliance on e-commerce in the future – that’s going to be our ‘new normal,’” he said.Topics :last_img read more

Report: Rowan sells stacked jack-up rig

first_imgOffshore driller Rowan Companies has reportedly sold one if its jack-up drilling rigs to Advanced Energy Systems (ADES) in Egypt. According to information provided by VesselsValue, a website providing intel on offshore and shipping world, Rowan sold its previously cold stacked jack-up drilling rig Rowan Gorilla IV for an undisclosed price on Tuesday, March 6.The 1986-built drilling rig was cold stacked following completion of its contract with Arena in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico in December 2017.ADES is a Middle Eastern conglomerate headquartered in Egypt. ADES has consolidated all upstream services & projects – both onshore and offshore – in the oil & gas sector into one group.Rowan Gorilla IV is of a LeTourneau Technologies Gorilla class jack-up rig design with 638 ft long legs. The rig’s maximum drilling depth is 30,000 ft.Update: August 2018In an email sent to Offshore Energy Today in August, a Rowan spokesperson said that Rowan had not sold the Gorilla IV.“This rig is still owned by Rowan,” the spokesperson said.Offshore Energy Today has sought further clarification on this, as several other online sources show the rig as having been sold. We will update the article if we receive any response.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Employment self-sufficiency program aims to reduce unemployment in Broward

first_imgBroward County has executed contract agreements with OIC of Broward County, Inc. (OIC) and Fort Lauderdale Community Center (FLCC) to implement the Employment Self Sufficiency Program (Program) that was previously approved by the Board of County Commissioners. The Program is another step forward in the County’s efforts to reduce the high unemployment rate in the Broward Municipal Services District (BMSD) among residents who are over 18 years old.Program goalsProgram goals include enhancing the appearance of the BMSD (also known as unincorporated Broward), spark employment opportunities for residents seeking a job, and offer training, educational and vocational opportunities to support small startup businesses within the BMSD.Competitive selection processSelection of OIC and FLCC was managed through a competitive selection process. Contracted services per agreement with OIC include bus shelter maintenance/clean-ups, graffiti removal, traffic engineering field checks, verification of complaints, and removal of unauthorized signage in County right-of-way. The value of the contract is $206,098.Contracted services per agreement with FLCC include sidewalk pressure cleaning on roadways, maintaining landscape at entryways, maintaining vacant County owned properties, board-ups of abandoned homes and land/lot clearance. The value of the contract is $115,362.For more information on The Employment Self-Sufficiency Program, please contact Alphonso Jefferson, Jr., Assistant County Administrator at 954-357-7352 or [email protected]last_img read more