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Test Operative – COVID19 Rapid Test Centre

Test Operative – COVID19 Rapid Test Centre

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Posting date:

28 April 2020


£13.50 per hour

Additional salary information:

Exceeds National Minimum Wage


Part time

Closing date:

12 May 2020


Edinburgh, EH12 9DN


Sodexo Ltd

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To increase testing for COVID-19, the Government has significantly increased the number of centres where key workers can be tested. As the programme ramps up further, additional testing support is needed at centres across the UK.

We are seeking to recruit individuals to work as part of a team of Test Operatives undertaking COVID 19 Swab testing in Edinburgh.

We recommend that you work at 3 or more shifts per week so you can get the most out of your experience. Typical working hours are 9am – 5pm with a 1 hour rest break.

Sodexo reserves the right to alter the site location and close this advert early if we are in receipt of a high number of applications.

Job Description
· Hourly rate £13.50

· ​This position is offered on a casual basis.

Main Responsibilities

The role of the Test Operative is to safely and correctly administer a throat and nasal swab test to key frontline workers who visit the test site, and supporting the overall testing process.

Test swabs will be administered up the nose or down the back of the throat; therefore, applicants need to be comfortable administering tests in this manner.

Before you apply for this vacancy, it is important you take time to watch the below video to understand what the role of a Test Operative entails.

The Ideal Candidate

We seek applicants with the following:

· Experience working with members of the public/patients

· Excellent interpersonal skills and a supportive nature

· Ability to physically stand for several hours with good mobility (for reaching into vehicles)

· Willingness to work outside

· Commitment to the work and adhere to the strict guidelines and procedures required

· Native or bilingual proficiency level English

· Experience working in a medical, clinical or health environment is desirable.

· You must be over 18 and in general good health with no symptoms of COVID-19, nor must anyone in your household.

You must not be classified, or live with anyone classified, as belonging to any of the COVID-19 high risk groups (more detail can be found on the government website):

· Must not have a long-term condition

· Must not be pregnant

· Must not have immune deficiencies through medical conditions or therapy

· Must not be aged over 70

Training and full personal protective equipment will be provided.

About The Company
In the UK and Ireland, Sodexo employs some 36,000 employees to deliver integrated facilities management services to clients at over 2,000 locations in the energy, corporate, healthcare, education, leisure, defence and justice sectors. With an annual turnover of over £1bn, we provide everything from catering, cleaning and reception to security, laboratory and grounds maintenance services, enabling our clients to focus on their core business.

At Sodexo we are committed to a leading role in promoting equality opportunities and valuing diversity and inclusion. We seek to create a work environment based on mutual respect for all individuals, building a culture that appreciates and values the experiences and skills brought by each person to benefit our organisation and work hard to ensure that all people, whatever their race, colour, sex, gender identity disability, nationality, national or ethnic origin, religion or belief, marital/partnership or family status, sexual orientation, age, social class, educational background, employment status, working pattern, are welcome to and included within our organisation.

We’re a Disability Confident Leader employer. We’re committed to changing attitudes towards disability, and making sure disabled people have the chance to fulfil their aspirations.

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