According to Reuters, most of the new positions will be “to modernise the lines and assist in production”. There are also vacancies in distribution centres, stores, poultry incubators and in the feed factories of the Group’s companies, which include Seara, Friboi, JBS Couros, JBS Novos Negócios and Swift. Reportedly, a minority of the new hires are in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced JBS and rivals to remove high-risk workers such as pregnant women to protect them during the health crisis.
Between the months of March and June, JBS said it has invested over R$100 million (US$18.2 million) in contingency health and safety measures, systems and processes at all its facilities in Brazil, with resources allocated to dozens of actions that are part of the prevention and protection protocol of more than 130,000 employees at its production units, distribution centre and offices among others. During this period, JBS said it has been conducting periodic audits in its 135 production units, verifying item by item of each action in its strict security protocol so to ensure the measures are implemented and effective. To define this protocol, JBS hired a medical consulting company of specialist infectologists and benchmark institutions, which validated each phase of the Group’s protocol as per the medical and healthcare recommendations set by the Brazilian government.