Yes, Some Industries Still Hiring
SYDNEY: Australia is certainly buckling under the coronavirus pandemic, leaving thousands of jobs on the scrap heap. Treasury estimates that more than one million Australians will be forced onto the dole during the crisis, and Westpac is tipping the economy to lose no fewer than 814,000 jobs by the end of June.
But The New Daily reports that not all industries have been hit too badly, with some lifting their workforce to cope with a spike in demand.
Seek A/NZ managing director Kendra Banks told the news outlet that the shift to remote working and self-isolation has forced businesses to adapt to rapidly changing needs. “[Some] organisations and businesses have paused or cancelled their hiring plans until they have greater certainty in the economy,” Banks said.
“There are also organisations that are actively hiring workers in response to increased demand for certain services, or to support businesses that are increasing their online capabilities.”
For instance, supermarket giants Coles and Woolworths said they would hire 5000 and 900 more staff members respectively, to help stock shelves as shopper numbers swell.
Telstra said it would recruit 1000 temporary contractors to man its call centres – though chief Andy Penn has recently indicated that the giant telco is still looking to trim staff numbers by 9000 staff, once normal times resume. (Many have already gone).
Meanwhile, the demand for delivery drivers and couriers is soaring. Domino’s A/NZ CEO Nick Knight said the pizza chain is seeking 2000 “delivery experts”, while UberEats and Deliveroo also want staff.