Woolworths will not participate in the JobMaker scheme announced in the recent budget.
The supermarket giant says it is not appropriate to claim the wage subsidy given its record sales.
JobMaker designed create jobs and stimulate economy
The government unveiled the $4 billion JobMaker wage subsidy last week as part of a plan to create jobs and stimulate the economy.
The scheme offers employers between $100 and $200 a week for hiring new staff between the ages of 16 and 35.
However, many workplace advocates have slammed JobMaker – describing it as discriminatory against older workers.
Woolworths will not participate in JobMaker scheme
Woolworths boss Brad Banducci sent an email to staff last week confirming the company will not be signing up to the scheme.
He said it is not appropriate to participate, given the huge profits the supermarket giant has made during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Woolies reported an 81 percent rise in revenue to $63.6 billion for the 2019-20 financial year.
“We believe our current circumstances – where we’re fortunate to be trading strongly and are entering our usual business cycle of hiring for Christmas and summer – requires us to be thoughtful in what government programs we access.”
Banducci said any new roles, including those recruited over Christmas, will be offered to workers of all ages.
Woolworths is Australia’s largest private employer, with 215,000 staff across its supermarket, liquor and Big W department stores.
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Coles will use JobMaker
In contrast, Coles has confirmed it will claim the JobMaker subsidy.
Chief executive Steven Cain said the supermarket intends to use the scheme, but only in certain circumstances.
“It has to be permanent team members and it has to be an increase in your actual workforce.“And as we go into Christmas, a lot of the increase in team members we typically see are casuals.“So, we’re looking carefully at it, and, clearly, if we can be supportive and put more people in permanent jobs, we will be.”