To handle the surge in customers throughout COVID-19, major supermarkets are hiring thousands of new staff. Roles range from casual store assistants and delivery drivers, to bakers and deli butchers.
- Coles is currently hiring 5,000 casual staff
- Woolworths is hiring 20,000 staff
- Aldi careers
- IGA careers
As restaurants and cafes close to dine-in customers, Australians are turning to takeaway and delivery. An option for people with a car, scooter or bicycle may be food delivery through apps like Menulog, UberEats and Deliveroo.
While it comes to no surprise that hospitals are in a shortage of nurses and doctors, other jobs are also critical. Many hospitals and medical practices are hiring cleaners, administration staff, and wardspersons.
Medical goods and equipment manufacturers such as Med-Con and Baxter Healthcare are also hiring production line workers to meet the growing demand for personal protective equipment (masks, goggles, gowns etc.) and medical machines.
- Med-Con is hiring dozens of new staff
- Baxter Healthcare careers
Warehouse and couriers
Australians who are self-isolating at home are also turning more to online shopping. This means that there will be an increase in demand for warehouse assistants and pick packers, as well as package couriers and delivery drivers.
- Amazon is hiring 100,000 staff worldwide
Customer service and call centres
Services Australia (Centrelink) is hiring 5,000 staff to help process the increasing number of welfare recipients. Along with customer service representatives, there is an increase in call centre staff to handle the rising number of Australians at home unable to visit their local centre.
- Service Australia (Centrelink)
- Telstra is currently hiring 1,000 temporary customer service agents
Despite being hit by COVID-19, the mining industry is still one of Australia’s largest export. Mining giant BHP currently requires roles spanning from machinery and production operators, truck and ancillary equipment drivers, excavator operators, diesel mechanics, boilermakers, to trade assistants.
- BHP is hiring 1,500 staff for six-month contracts
The federal government has announced that more than $1.3 billion will be made available to 70,000 small businesses toward paying half of an apprentice’s wage for nine months.
The apprentice subsidies will help small business retain and hire apprentices and trainees.
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