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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.

Runners wait for the start of Kumamoto castle Marathon in rain in Kumamoto, Kumamoto Prefecture on Feb. 16, 2020, amid the outbreak of a new coronavirus in Japan. Some were wearing a mask event they participate in full marathon. The number of the COVID-19-hit patients has reached to 68,500 and the death toll has been confirmed 1,665 so far as of February 16th in China. As the outbreak continues to spread outside China, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the new coronavirus a Global Health Emergency on Jan 31st. ( The Yomiuri Shimbun via AP Images )

“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.

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