Major companies hiring in the UK in 2020 including Microsoft, Ernst & Young, Facebook, Citi Bank and Amazon

Covid-19 has hit many businesses hard - but some firms are still looking to expand despite the ongoing crisis.


Unemployment is creeping up across the UK as companies battle with the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Many businesses - from major corporates to young start-ups - are being forced to make job cuts in a bid to stay afloat.


Redundancies rose at their sharpest rate in the three months to July, according to data from the Office for National Statistics, and were 58,000 higher than at the same time last year.

But it’s not all bad news; the number of UK job vacancies increased significantly in July and August as the Government eased restrictions on non-essential shops, pubs and restaurants.

Although the number is still far below pre-crisis levels, more than 169,000 vacancies were placed in the first week of August, according to the Institute for Employment Studies.

But which companies are still hiring? BusinessLive takes a look at some of the major UK companies that are currently recruiting. (Last updated September 18)


Ernst & Young (EY)

The professional services firm is advertising 230 UK jobs in London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Leeds, Birmingham and Belfast.

Departments include tax, assurance, consulting, strategy and transactions, financial services, and core business services.

According to EY, the profile and application take about 30 minutes to complete, but candidates need to fill out an application form for each role they apply for.


Babcock International

Babcock, which provides engineering services in the UK and internationally, is advertising 163 jobs.

The 130-year-old company works across three key markets including defence, emergency services and civil nuclear.

The business has published special guidance for applicants during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Interviews may not be in the traditional face-to-face format, according to the business, and new starters may not experience a “typical Babcock induction”.


Citi Bank

The global financial services firm is advertising 341 roles around the UK.

Just some of the roles listed on the website include finance, alternative investments, business change, tax, project management, commodities, market risk, privacy lawyer, operations and compliance.

The company advises spending some time learning about the organisation before applying for roles.

The business is conducting all candidate interviews virtually on a temporary basis until further notice.


BAE Systems

The multinational defence and aerospace giant is advertising 154 roles for experienced professionals.

There are 34 roles in Cumbria, 31 in Hampshire, 24 in Lancashire, 16 in Dorset, 16 in Surrey and 13 in Bristol.

Job available at BAE include engineering, IT, finance, operations, project management, flight operations, manufacturing, commercial, quality, business support.

It is only conducting interviews remotely during the pandemic.



Mitie provides facilities management, consultancy and project management in the UK and is currently advertising hundreds of jobs.

The company works across the security, engineering, catering, cleaning and environmental services, care and custody, and professional service sector.

The business employs 54,000 people in Britain and has more than 100 offices around the country.



Haven is creating hundreds of jobs at its holiday parks across the UK as a result of more people opting for staycations.

Roles will be available across 37 of Haven’ parks from this month on both full and part-time contracts and cover a range of positions such as accommodation cleaners, coaches, support team members, cleaning operations managers and cleaning people managers.


Grant Thornton

The accountancy firm currently has 95 jobs for experienced professionals advertised on its website.

This includes 54 audit, 23 advisory, 12 client services, and six tax jobs.

Grant Thornton is advertising roles in London, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Leeds, Liverpool, Northampton, Reading, Cambridge, Sheffield, Leicester, Edinburgh, Carlisle, Preston, Cardiff, Newcastle, Glasgow, Southampton, Bradenham, Chelmsford and Oxford.