“Every job matters,” according to CEO Derek Jones as Kuoni supports departing staff with initiatives ranging from sabbaticals to CV writing

A brand new initiative called Talent Finder has been launched by worldwide travel company Kuoni as way to support staff leaving the business as a result of the Covid-19 crisis find new roles.

The online Talent Finder goes live today at talentfinder.kuoni.co.uk with more than 60 profiles of people who have worked at all levels and divisions of the company including sales, marketing, product, IT and finance.

Derek Jones, CEO, said: “This is a crisis unlike any other and whilst it seems counter intuitive to be promoting our staff to other employers, it’s a commitment we’re making to support the exceptional individuals who are sadly leaving us."

“The travel industry has been severely impacted by Covid-19 so for a while we’re going to need fewer staff.  We want to do all we can to support them and find our much-loved colleagues new roles, which is why we’ve created the Kuoni Talent Finder - to promote the skills and experience of these outstanding people who are now open to new opportunities.”

“At Kuoni we’ve always believed our people are the difference and we’ve taken great care over the years to recruit and train brilliant people who stand out from the crowd, so we know they’ll be an asset to any organisation.  I urge any business that’s in a position to recruit to take a look at their profiles and snap them up.”

The Talent Finder site is also divided up into regions, with details including length of service, role profile, skills and testimonials, making it easy for anyone to search and review individuals.

Each profile includes either a connection to their LinkedIn profile to connect directly where possible, or an email for the Kuoni HR team for employers who are interested in speaking to someone they think would be a good fit for a potential job.

Talent Finder is one of a number of initiatives which have been created to support colleagues leaving as a result of the restructure triggered by the coronavirus crisis.    A sabbatical scheme whereby staff take unpaid leave until at least June 2021 with either the offer of a return to work if demand for travel has back or their redundancy package protected has been taken up by a number of staff.    

The company has also promised that if new roles can be created as the situation for travel improves all staff will have access to a recruitment bulletin which will be emailed to them in the hope they can return to the business in future. 

An outplacement support package has also been agreed, which supports people with one-to-one consultations, CV writing, interview skills and re-skilling if they wish to change industries.

Derek Jones added: “Every job matters and we have done our upmost to think creatively about how we can protect as many as we possibly can. Through consulting with our people we’ve come up with ideas together that will either keep people with us, give them the prospect of returning at some point in the future or find employment elsewhere.” 


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About Kuoni

Kuoni Travel UK is part of DER Touristik, one of Europe’s leading travel groups. Kuoni has continued to set the pace in luxury worldwide travel in the UK market for the past 55 years and is regularly voted one of the best holiday companies in the country by readers of national newspapers and travel industry titles. The company excels in creating tailor-made holidays and honeymoons to more than 90 destinations around the world. Since 2008 Kuoni has grown its retail network across the UK and can be found in 48 locations on premium high streets and in selected John Lewis department stores. Each store is unique in design and showcases Kuoni’s Personal Travel Experts and personalised customer service.