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31 March, 2020

Where the jobs are

Where the jobs areWith redundancies being announced every day, hundreds of thousands of jobs are being lost around Australia.

By Phil Brandel

With redundancies being announced every day, hundreds of thousands of jobs are being lost around Australia.

As queues outside Centrelink offices stretch around the block, some industries are actually looking for staff.

Bree Hargreaves, President, Atherton Tablelands Chamber of Commerce says it hurts the entire region when staff are let go “It pains us to see our local businesses having to let go of their team, and/or closing their doors due to the current COVID-19 situation.

Financial help is on its way, but for those wanting to find work now, there are still some options out there if you are willing and able to take on anything.

Farms on the Tablelands normally rely on backpackers to work to fulfill their visa requirements. Since the Australian borders have shut down and many backpackers and pacific islanders have returned home it has left a void that needs to be filled.

Keely Van Wensveen the site manager for QITE is currently recruiting for farms on the Tablelands. “At the moment we are looking for berry pickers for the upcoming season”

“Previous fruit picking or packing experience is preferred but it’s not essential, but you must be physically fit, have your own transport and some sort of identification,” she said

“We also are recruiting for shift workers for retail, as stores need staff to restock,

“We also get the occasional call from Avocado and Lime farmers looking for staff as their season is on-going”

“We also are looking for people with experience with packing and bagging machine experience on Banana farms”

Brad Patison Recruitment Officer from Speedie Staff solutions is also recruiting for local farms “at the moment we need to fill about 100 jobs in Mareeba and Innisfail”

“We need fit and healthy people who are willing to pick fruit. It’s not the most glamorous job but it is full-time, Monday to Friday 38 hours per week minimum and just above $24 per hour”

“You must be healthy, have your own transport and be willing to work hard”

Woolworth's has also announced it will hire up to 20,000 workers in Australia over the next month.

The supermarket giant is looking to fill checkout assistant, shelf stacking, call centre and distribution roles to meet the unprecedented demand for food and drinks.

“These are uncertain times for many industries and we have an important role to play keeping Australians employed through this crisis,” Woolworths Group CEO Brad Banducci said.

The company’s “immediate focus” will be the redeployment of staff affected by the mandatory closure of their hotel and pubs as well as preparing to offer up to 5,000 short-term roles to Qantas employees affected by the airline’s partial-shutdown.

That leaves thousands of jobs available for out-of-work Aussies affected by the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Where to apply:

Busy at Work are taking applications for shelf stacking and retail email:

Speedie staff solutions have vacancies picking fruit at farms across Mareeba and Innisfail email:

QITE are looking for fruit pickers and packers and retail and grocery staff email:

Also search:

Queensland Health are looking for: Medical, Nursing and midwifery, Allied Health, Administrative Support, Operational, Dental

Harvest Trial lists fruit picking jobs right across Australia

To see which jobs are available at Woolworth's visit

And the Queensland government is ramping up the public service


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