Fruit picking among the most popular UK job searches during lockdown - FreshPlaza.com

Fruit picking among the most popular UK job searches during lockdown - FreshPlaza.com


Fruit picking among the most popular UK job searches during lockdown - FreshPlaza.com

Posted: 02 Jul 2020 04:55 AM PDT

The current pandemic has been very troubling on employment, as many in the UK have faced redundancies, put on the government's furlough scheme or been ineligible for it and left to apply for Universal Credit.

Recent figures show that around a quarter of the UK's workforce has been placed on the government's job retention scheme, although it's estimated that almost seven million jobs could be lost in the coming months.

With most industries facing cuts and downsizing of some sort, many people have had to start looking for jobs elsewhere. Data from careers website Debut Careers has revealed the jobs and companies which have seen the biggest increase in searches since the UK entered lockdown.

Other than NHS roles and supermarket jobs, proofreading, fruit-picking, and postman jobs were also popular. According to an article on metro.co.uk, fruit picking jobs saw an 843% increase and general farm jobs saw a 21% increase.

Fruit picking and proofreading among popular job searches in lockdown - Metro.co.uk

Posted: 01 Jul 2020 08:35 AM PDT

Farmer picking apples in orchard
Fruit picking saw the highest increase during lockdown (Picture: Getty Images/Cultura RF)

The coronavirus pandemic has been devastating on employment, as many have faced redundancies, put on the government's furlough scheme or been ineligible for it and left to apply for Universal Credit.

Latest figures show that around a quarter of the UK's workforce has been placed on the government's job retention scheme, although it's estimated that almost seven million jobs could be lost in the coming months.

With most industries facing cuts and downsizing of some sort, many people have had to start looking for jobs elsewhere.

In lockdown, certain professions such as supermarket work seem to be in popular demand, as well as the overstretched NHS.

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New research shows these two fields are among some of the most searched jobs during the country's shutdown.

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Data from careers website Debut Careers has revealed the jobs and companies which have seen the biggest increase in searches since the UK entered lockdown.

Among NHS roles and supermarket jobs, proofreading, fruit-picking, and postman jobs were also popular.

Top job searches during lockdown

Search Term

  1. Fruit picking jobs – 843% increase
  2. NHS volunteer jobs – 355% increase
  3. Online tutoring jobs – 67% increase
  4. Royal Mail jobs – 48% increase
  5. Delivery jobs – 40% increase
  6. Supermarket jobs – 30% increase
  7. Proofreading jobs – 27% increase
  8. Farm jobs – 21% increase
  9. Pick packer – 20% increase
  10. Freelance writing – 17% increase

The job that has seen the biggest increase in searches is fruit picking, with searches up over 800% compared to the weeks before the lockdown.

Those who have been furloughed were actively encouraged to take up fruit picking work on the UK's farms, with many migrant workers who usually come over to the UK to carry out this work unable to do so.

Another hugely popular choice amongst those who have been furloughed is to volunteer to support the NHS.

Over three-quarters of a million people answered the Government's call to join the volunteer army and help to deliver food and medicine, drive patients to appointments and phone those who are isolating earlier in the year.

With schools shut, online tutoring searches have also soared in lockdown.

As well as parents wanting help for their kids, some adults have also been taking the time in quarantine to try and pick up some new skills such as a language.

The postmen and women of the nation are another key group who are helping to keep the country going, with searches for Royal Mail jobs increasing by 48% since lockdown.

All search increases were calculated using Google Trends data by the Debut Careers team.

The team took an average for the search interest scores since lockdown (23 March to 15 May) and an average for the same period pre-lockdown (29 January to 22 March), before calculating the percentage increase.

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6 of the Most Searched Outdoor Trends of Summer 2020 - Realtor.com News

Posted: 02 Jul 2020 03:02 AM PDT

Instead of going on vacation or even hitting the local beaches and parks, many of us are stuck at home this summer. But we're still craving a change of scenery, even if we have to do it ourselves, as a report based on Google Trends data shows.

Home decor retailer Living Spaces recently put together the report on the outdoor home decor trends that people are searching for the most this summer. Searches for some styles have more than tripled!

So if you want to freshen things up around your home, get the scoop on the most popular looks that you can re-create yourself. Here are six of the hottest outdoor decor trends of summer 2020.

1. Outdoor tiles

Move over, drab slabs of concrete—it's time for luxurious tiles to shine outside. Just ask Google, where online searches for outdoor tiling are up 174% in recent months.

"Tiling is a great way to enhance your outdoor living space and bring the comfort of the indoors out," says Living Spaces interior decorator Shelby Greene. "It creates a trendy, elevated feel that makes it appear you're at a vacation resort all the time, even if your travel plans are on hold."

Bring the comforts of your home into the great outdoors with this selection of patio tiles from the Tile Shop.

2. Patio daybeds

Ever want to spend the whole day in bed? Us too, and these trending patio daybeds (with searches up a whopping 257%) seem to be the perfect solution to all those lazy summer days ahead.

"A daybed is a great place to work from home or take a siesta from all of those Zoom meetings," says Barri Branker, co-owner of Beyond the Box Interiors. "They're also great for evenings, and enjoying the underrated art of stargazing."

Find the perfect spot for your next siesta with this collection of patio daybeds from Wayfair.

3. Backyard bars

Nothing completes an outdoor space for entertaining or small family gatherings quite like a backyard bar. And this trend is on the rise—by 192%, according to search data.

"One of the most irritating things about outdoor entertaining is being the person mixing drinks—inside," says Branker. "A well-appointed outdoor bar assures you will not feel like the mixologist in the kitchen, away from all of the action."

Check out this easy DIY project to build your own outdoor bar, or shop these outdoor bar sets from Joss & Main.

4. Potted and vertical gardens

There's no doubt gardening has taken off during the past few months as many of us have been forced to stay home more. But what if you don't have the space for huge garden plots? To the rescue: potted and vertical gardens.

With a huge boost in search traffic (planters by 172%, and vertical gardens by 156%), it's safe to assume you won't be the only one coming up with creative gardening solutions.

"Home gardening is extremely popular at the moment, and vertical gardens and planters are perfect for getting the most out of every inch of your outdoor space," says Natasha Nicolaou of NatNico Designs. "Utilize vertical space by installing a trellis, or creating a wall of planters to fill with a variety of vegetables and flowers. There are so many incredible vertical garden DIYs online, that having an outdoor space filled with greenery is completely within reach."

Find the best DIY vertical garden for your space, then shop for the perfect planters at your local Home Depot store.

5. Anything green

Green far outranks other hues in decor and color schemes this  season. Google Trends reports for sage, mint, and emerald show a 41%, 24%, and 67% popularity increase over the past six months, respectively.

"Vibrant colors and shades of green are great for their connection with nature," says Greene. "They really enhance the outdoor experience: Emerald-green creates a tropical atmosphere, sage is soothing and serene, and mint offers a fresh, youthful vibe."

Go green with this collection of outdoor throw pillows from Joss & Main.

6. Alternative outdoor seating

Many of us haven't sat in an office chair in months, so the rising trend toward cozier outdoor furniture makes sense. With searches for Adirondack chairs up 303%—and hammocks and egg chairs not far behind (up 216% and 189%, respectively)—it's safe to say that stylish comfort is a top priority for many this summer.

"Outdoor areas are the perfect place to experiment with playful and unique designs," says Nicolaou. "Look for seating that creates a fun vibe and encourages guests to circulate and enjoy all aspects of the outdoor space. Adirondacks around a fire pit, hanging egg chairs, or a swinging bench under a porch, and a hammock set up in a shady spot all create perfect moments to enjoy a little staycation time."

Revamp your outdoor space with this hanging pod chair from CB2.

Airbnb Says the Berkshires Are the Place to Be This Summer - Boston magazine

Posted: 02 Jul 2020 07:45 AM PDT

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The vacation rental company's trend data shows that Western Mass. is one of the most popular searches for Fourth of July weekend. From rustic cabins to airy mansions, book up one of these idyllic listings now.


Photos via Airbnb

The Fourth of July is almost upon us, which means, somehow, summer is fully in swing. But the coronavirus has cancelled and complicated most normal summer plans—we're on Europe's short list of countries who have handled the pandemic too poorly to be trusted, and even domestically, Maine is side-eyeing Massachusetts with its mandatory 14-day quarantine for any visiting Bay Staters. Here's a solution: Get way out of town without leaving the state by heading to the Berkshires. According to recently released trend data from Airbnb, the Western Mass. county is one of the most popular getaway spots for Fourth of July weekend.

Searches for the Berkshires were up by 30% compared to this same time last year, the homestay site reports. The uptick in interest falls in line with another Airbnb trend: People are flocking to the countryside in interest of taking a break from the densely populated city. A fifth of all bookings for the upcoming weekend are in rural areas. "As guests search for cottages or pet-friendly retreats with plenty of outdoor activities nearby to continue safely social distancing, listings in Berkshires are specifically popular among families, as listings meet their new, emerging needs for increased cleanliness, privacy and control over their travel experience and environment," an Airbnb spokesperson says.

Beyond bucolic destinations pulling ahead, data also shows that cabins are among the most-searched listing types for this coming weekend. In early May, the rustic dwellings were the most popular search across the U.S. Some of the most desirable amenities these days are listings with pools and homes that are labelled as pet-friendly. Places with WiFi, air conditioning, and kitchens for guest use are sought after, too, as travelers look for ways to stay cool and out of public eateries.

If you're already cruising out to the Berkshires for a magical day trip, why not extend your stay and turn it into a socially distanced holiday? From cottages and mansions, to yes, cabins, we've rounded up five of the region's loveliest listings. Some are still available for Fourth of July weekend, while others are booked until late July or August—snap them up now for Labor Day.

Photo via Airbnb

A Soaring Single-Family on 30 Idyllic Acres
Sandisfield
Price: $320 per night
Accommodates: 8
Bedrooms: 4
Baths: 3.5

Photo via Airbnb

A Luxe Mansion on the Lee Lakefront
Lee
Price: $1,295 per night
Accommodates: 16+
Bedrooms: 6
Baths: 5

Photo via Airbnb

A Queen-Sized Canvas Tent under the Stars
Chester
Price: $133 per night
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Baths: 1

Photo via Airbnb

An Antique Charmer Surrounded by Hiking Trails
Stockbridge
Price: $397
Accommodates: 6
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 2

Photo via Airbnb

A Cushy Cabin in the Woods
Otis
Price: $350
Accommodates: 8
Bedrooms: 4
Baths: 5


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