There was a moment on Wednesday morning last week when it looked as if something remarkable might happen.

For a brief few hours, the flood of headlines from around the world about yet more Covid-related job losses slowed to a trickle.

Had it stopped altogether, it would have been the first weekday this month with no word of any more cuts.

It did not stop of course. Reports soon came of 400 jobs going in Berlin airports, up to 200 at an Australian university, and nearly 660 at a Quebec restaurant chain.

That makes it a good day at a time when losses have reached unbelievable proportions. In the space of 48 hours at the start of July, more than 12,000 people in the UK alone learned their jobs were about to go, from easyJet pilots to Harrods store staff.

Since then the cuts have spread far beyond airlines and high street shops. Even the Tower of London’s famous Beefeater guards face redundancies for what is thought to be the first time in more than 500 years. Another tsunami of losses looms once governments stop paying the wages of workers furloughed in the outbreak.

Against this gloom, it was mildly jolting last week to see a LinkedIn list of dozens of companies that are hiring rather than firing.



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