Northumberland County Council has launched an urgent recruitment drive to bolster key roles supporting residents during the coronavirus outbreak.

The local authority is offering immediate starts for carers, cleaners, gas and heating engineers, and a host of other roles.

They come with a guaranteed fixed-term contract for a minimum of three months on a full or part-time basis, with some offering the possibility of permanent employment in the future.

Daljit Lally, the council’s chief executive, said: “In these unprecedented times, we have an increased need for resources across our workforce and would welcome applications from local people who could support our wonderful communities.

“We offer a range of excellent employment benefits and are keen to recruit locally in the first instance, to support people in the county whose employment may have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak.”

The vacancies are all being advertised on www.northeastjobs.org.uk

Interested candidates should email hrrecruitment@northumberland.gov.uk, call 01670 623930 or send a WhatsApp message to 07770 975678 for further information.

Last week, the Courant reported that there were a number of firms recruiting across the North-East to meet the specific needs during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Despite restrictions now in place, Jobcentre Plus continues to promote a number of vacancies across the region, particularly in the key-worker categories.

BUPA is recruiting home assistants for Northumberland and elsewhere in the country and the charity HFT is looking for a female support worker in Hexham to support adults with learning disabilities.

Spar is on the hunt for temporary retail assistants at several stores in Northumberland, while multiple job roles are being advertised by Tesco, including in-store colleagues and delivery drivers.