Coronavirus has presented a headache for one of Shaftesbury’s biggest employers.
In the run-up to Christmas, luxury hamper company Virginia Hayward’s workforce of seventy can increase threefold. But this year, the company has had to boost pay in an attempt to recruit more seasonal workers.
Managing director Sam Hayward, and head of people Rachel Cox, explain why covid-19 is still impacting on their staffing numbers.
Virginia Hayward has performed well during the pandemic. Rachel says the team was able to take action well before the media started warning of the impact of the pandemic, because the company had an important source of intelligence.