Woolworths plans to hire 20,000 workers to help run its supermarkets during the coronavirus outbreak.
The jobs are welcome news in a week when hundreds of thousands of Australians have found themselves in Centrelink queues.
Woolworths plans to hire workers in short-term roles
Woolworths says it will hire staff in new roles across its supermarkets, e-commerce, supply chain and drinks businesses over the next month.
It comes as supermarkets try to cope with demand for food as coronavirus restrictions shut down many other shops, cafes and restaurants.
Additionally, Woolies is also trying to step up its home deliveries.
Furthermore, the supermarket chain will offer 5,000 short-term roles to Qantas staff, including more than 1,500 in distribution centres.
The airline announced it is standing down two thirds of its workforce, or 20,000 employees, as it slashes more than 90 percent of its routes.
More Aussies lose jobs
Meanwhile, outdoor chain Kathmandu is the latest retailer to shut its doors in response to the sharp decline of business.
The company is standing down 2,000 staff across its Australian and New Zealand operations without pay.
Additionally, the company will also close 118 Rip Curl outlets which it acquired last year.
Retail Food Group — the owners of popular chains:
- Gloria Jean’s Coffee,
- Brumby’s Bakeries,
- Donut King and
- Michel’s Patisserie
says it will either stand down or cut the hours of its workforce.
Earlier this week, Premier Investments Limited – which owns the Just Group, whose brands include:
- Peter Alexander,
- Jay Jays and
- Just Jeans
announced it was closing down all of it’s stories “until further notice”.
Accent group – which owns:
- Hype, and
- Athlete’s Foot shoe brands
will also close 522 stores for four weeks from Friday, affecting more than 5000 workers.
Many companies across Australia say they will remain closed for at least four weeks, meanwhile, others won’t reopen until it is deemed safe to do so.
Several online stores are continuing to operate as normal, with deliveries unaffected.
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