Believe it or not, in Australia’s virus-hit economy someone is offering more than 4,000 new jobs over the next few months.
Granted, not all of them are regular full-time work. But with the nation beset by extremely high unemployment levels, for many it will be a case of ‘any port in a storm’.
Its biggest hiring spree ever
Ahead of what is expected to be its biggest Christmas ever, Australia Post is recruiting over 4,000 people across the country to help deliver record parcel volumes – the biggest hiring spree in the organisation’s 210-year history.
Nearly 2,900 Christmas casuals will be hired across transport and deliveries across the country, with a further 300 fixed term full-time and part-time customer contact centre opportunities in Brisbane and regional areas of South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Queensland.
In addition to the Christmas casuals, the organisation is also recruiting around 900 roles in other areas of the business, including across the Post Office network, to help service customers better.
Staff has gone ‘over and above’
The Executive General Manager for People and Culture, Sue Davies, said this year’s casuals will bring a welcome boost to a workforce that has been “working incredibly hard all year”.
“In managing all the necessary COVID-safe requirements, including a reduced workforce in our Melbourne facilities during the recent Stage 4 restrictions, our people have gone over and above to provide critical services for businesses and their customers and delivered for over 8.1-million households who have shopped online between March and August alone,” Davies said.
A Christmas unlike any other
“This is a record-breaking recruitment drive for what we expect to be a Christmas unlike any we’ve had before in Australia Post’s history. In a year that has been incredibly challenging and impacted people in many ways, we are delighted to be inviting people to join us this Christmas as we deliver across the country.”
Last year, Australia Post received more than 23,000 applications for Christmas casual positions.
Earlier this year, more than 50,000 applications were made for the 1,000 casuals hired in response to the impacts of the COVID19 pandemic.