Doncaster Sheffield Airport: Supermarket giant in jobs lifeline to sacked workers

Supermarket giant Lidl has offered a jobs lifeline to the 800 Doncaster Sheffield Airport workers set to lose their job after owners Peel announced its closure.

Employees have been left reeling after the bombshell news that the airport is set to wind down next month, with the final flight due to depart on November 4.

Local politicians are now calling on Prime Minister Liz Truss to step into the row and save the airport, which only opened to commercial flights in 2005.

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Now the supermarket firm has stepped in to offer roles to those who have lost their jobs in the run up to Christmas after Peel’s announcement.

An open day will be held at the firm’s distribution centre in Doncaster on October 8.

A spokesman said: “We will help with applications, no CV required, presentation, your, interview and job offer / permanent contract for the warehouse on the same day.

"We also have roles available for stores, full time and part time, supervisor roles in store and some office based roles.

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"For airport colleagues we can fast track through our process to hire them. All are permanent contracts with a stable and secure business.

"We also are increasing our hourly rate from 1st October to £10.90 for stores and £11.60 for warehouse."

Unions have pledged to fight the “devastating” job losses after owners Peel announced that the airport was no longer financially viable and said that ‘no tangible proposals’ had been received over its future, despite South Yorkshire mayor Oliver Coppard announcing a ‘serious’ consortium interested in a takeover.

Further info on vacancies can be found at lidl