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Durham University

Careers & Enterprise Centre

Part-time work and Coronavirus

This page is designed to signpost you to help and advice with regards to part time work during the Covid-19 pandemic. Please keep checking the following links as information and advice changes frequently as restrictions are imposed or lifted. Below are links to the government website, which has updates on how Covid-19 effects working; ACAS, which gives a great deal of advice to both employers and staff covering topics such as Working from Home, Working Safely, Sick and Holiday Pay, and much more; and the NHS website, which gives advice about Covid-19 symptoms, self-isolation, and test and trace.

Government website



I’m looking for part-time work. Is there anything available?

It is a difficult time to find part-time work but there are opportunities available. Any roles that are being advertised tend to have an increased amount of applicants - Due to a high volume of applications during the pandemic many people will not hear back from the employer unless they are offered a position. Many supermarkets are seeking staff on a regular basis - find links to their vacancies pages below. Additionally, many businesses are setting up more virtual positions and there is an increase in online tutoring positions, for example. These roles often require you to be self-employed, which has its own restrictions, which you can find out more about here. If you are well and willing and looking for part-time work during this time you may want to apply via the links below or hand your CV at local businesses as the resume opening.

Please check the following supermarkets websites for job opportunities:








Additionally, there are some vacancies being advertised on the student vacancies portal so do keep looking on there.

There is more information on finding part-time work, for example using local recruiters, on the Student Employment Services webpages.

It is important to emphasise the most important thing at this time is to stay safe and not put yourself or other people at risk. If you are feeling unwell or have been in contact with someone unwell you should follow government and NHS guidelines. Additionally, if you are struggling with your mental wellbeing there is good advice and signposting on the Student Durham Counselling Service webpages.

If you have any queries or concerns about part-time work you can book an appointment with the Student Employment Coordinator here (the appointment will be via Windows Teams or Skype)