March 30, 2020 (HONOLULU, Hawaii) —Amidst sweeping layoffs as businesses struggle to adapt to a changing landscape in light of COVID-19, Securitas anticipates substantial growth in 2020. The security firm is adding at least 200 new job positions for the state of Hawaii with 21 of those positions for Hawaii Island due to the impacts of COVID-19. Positions are needed in Kona for supermarkets, malls, and general patrol. Complimentary transportation will be offered for employees living in Hilo working at job sites in Kona.
The State of Hawaii’s Director of Labor of Industrial Relations has reported a steep rise in weekly unemployment claims that may keep rising as stay-at-home mandates keeps all non-essential business closed to at least April 30 and a two-week mandatory quarantine of those arriving to the islands that started last week. Economists have reported that the national unemployment rate may rise to 32 percent as the country works to control the rising incidence of COVID-19 infection.
“It is becoming increasingly common for our clients to request our assistance in supporting their own emergency management efforts, such as guarding hospitals, healthcare facilities, clinics and grocery stores,” says Sanj Sappal, Securitas Area Vice President for Hawaii and Guam. “These organizations need security services assistance from our first responder security officers. For public safety reasons the nation needs the support of the security services industry. Our Securitas security officers are on the front lines helping to keep our clients and communities safe.”
Securitas in Hawaii is incentivizing its existing workforce with referral/retention bonuses to attract new hires. It is offering up to $1,500 for new hires who have a guard card license (up to $500 for new hires without a guard card). Certain restrictions apply. New hires are trained extensively including how to handle active shooter situations and other public safety issues management along with life-saving procedures. They must meet certain eligibility requirements including drug testing and background checks.
The firm offers an online application and interviews by video conference. Apply at securitasjobs.com.