Hundreds of jobs up for grabs amid crisis
IN THE wake of mass lay-offs and stand-downs, businesses across the region have launched recruitment drives to fill positions created by unprecedented demand for services during the coronavirus outbreak.
Mining giant BHP quickly announced it would hire up to 1000 people across Queensland to support its workforce.
The roles will include machinery and production operators, truck and ancillary equipment drivers, excavator operators, electricians, diesel mechanics, boilermakers, trades assistants, cleaners and warehousing roles.
Acting Minerals Australia president Edgar Basto said BHP was “stepping up and providing jobs and contracts” after the Government ruled the resources industry vital in Australia’s response to the global pandemic.
The jobs will be offered through existing labour hire partners and BHP contracts in each state a spokesman said.
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Local recruitment drives are offering a glimmer of hope to communities that face the prospect of the national unemployment rate hitting 30 per cent.
Coles is recruiting 2000 new casuals in roles across the state to improve service in supermarkets.
The company has been contacted about the number of rolls available in the Mackay region.
As people brace for the continuation of the pandemic, Queensland Health has begun statewide workforce contingency planning and is actively seeking expressions of interest to develop a pool of applicants for temporary, contract and casual positions across all regions.
Positions available will vary from region to region, but may include positions in medical, nursing and midwifery, allied health, administrative support, operational and dental fields.
As well, some will support the effective day-to-day operation of hospitals, with positions in food, mail, linen and cleaning services.
The number of available positions in the Mackay region has not been confirmed, and will be based on demand as the pandemic continues.
These expressions of interest can be viewed here.
The Courier Mail reported more than 50,000 jobs were lost in Queensland after mandatory shutdowns began Monday.
One service expected to soar locally despite the shutdowns is the demand for food delivery.
Mackay-based franchise owner Carl Sheppard was flooded with resumes as he began recruiting for up to 50 new casual staff to join his Domino’s fleet and help deliver safe, freshly prepared meals.
More than 250 people had already submitted applications by Tuesday.
“We are all now facing some tough times, with the closing of businesses to the loss of jobs we all need to play our part in helping out the community where we can,” he said.
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Pharmacies and chemists are also pegged to experience increased demand.
Chain United Chemists is hiring emergency casuals for its pharmacies in both Mackay and Townsville.
Other businesses have been forced to think differently to keep the doors open and people in jobs.
Mackay-based mechanic Darrin Keates from Viking Mechanical said he anticipated more and more big organisations would shut their doors during the ciris and he wanted to be positioned to support the community if that happened.
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