Covid-19 is having a huge impact on the Australian employment landscape. You’ve no doubt heard the figures – the Australian government estimates the unemployment rate to reach 11% in 2020 as businesses struggle to stay afloat.
There are still job opportunities out there, though.
So, who’s hiring?
Centrelink and Medicare are hiring 5000 extra staff to support people applying for welfare.
There are still jobs in mining. With the Australian dollar so low, mining continues to go on. BHP is offing 1,500 additional six-month contracts at its iron ore, coal and copper operations Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland and New South Wales. Roles including truck drivers, electricians, boilermakers and plant operators are being advertised.
Doctors, nurses and other health professionals are being recruited to meet the urgent need. There’s also been an increase in psychologist and counsellor roles, as people seek extra support during this difficult time.
Telecommunications and IT support
Telstra and Vodafone are currently hiring customer service staff, especially to deal with vacancies left by staff being unavailable in India and other countries. This extends to IT departments in companies spanning all sectors of the Australian economy.
Woolworths, Aldi and Coles
As people avoid restaurants, cafés and bars, there’s been a sharp increase in the number of people eating in. That means a rise in grocery shopping. Woolworths has 20,000 new jobs on the horizon as they rush to keep the shelves fully stocked. Coles and Aldi too are looking to fill roles. It’s not just roles stacking shelves, it also means roles in supply and logistics and e-commerce.
As restaurants seek to move into an online delivery method to maintain service, there are new roles being established in delivery drivers. More truck drivers are needed, too, to ensure continued supply of a range of goods.
As several businesses move to supply masks, sanitisers and other crisis materials, several manufacturing businesses are looking to recruit.
Training and Education
There’s been a spike in ads for tutors and nannies, to help support students in new remote learning spaces.
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