Hundreds of new jobs and vacancies continue to be advertised in Far North Queensland, despite the severe impact on the nation’s workforce in response to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Member for Cairns Michael Healy said online employment agency SEEK has advised there are 145 new jobs currently available in Cairns and Far North Queensland.
“This is an unprecedented time for the people of the Far North and particularly those out of work,” Mr Healy said.
“These positions offer some hope in what is a very challenging time for all Queenslanders.
“The assistance measures that the Queensland and Federal Government have already put in place are designed to either keep Queenslanders working or help them get back to work once the COVID-19 crisis ends,” he said.
Member for Barron River Craig Crawford said Queenslanders will come out the other side of this time stronger, and more united than ever before.
“In my own community, I’ve spoken to many people directly affected by the impact on the nation’s workforce, and while it’s a difficult and heartbreaking time, people should remain assured that the Palaszczuk Government is doing all it can to support everyone in communities right across our State, Mr Crawford said.
Member for Cook Cynthia Lui said while these jobs will help some people get back into work, the Palaszczuk Government is also playing its part.
“This includes working creatively and directly with the manufacturing industry, through to today’s announcement of a new Care Army of professionals and volunteers to support Queensland’s seniors,” Ms Lui said.
According to SEEK, new jobs are across a range of sectors, including:
businesses and government departments that are scaling up their call centres in response to a rapid increase in customer and social needs, which is creating jobs for call centre operators, customer care staff, data entry and call centre managers
aged care workers; this includes roles as drivers, cooks and nurses particularly aged care and general medical, as well as pharmacists,
skills in software development and cyber security as businesses adjust to remote working practices
‘essential services’ retail for shelf stackers, supply chain managers, warehousing supervisors and people in distribution such a truck drivers
delivery drivers needed to help cafes and restaurants deliver to customers
nannies and tutors, as parents and carers who now need to work from home look for additional support at home with care and education
The Queensland Government’s $4 billion COVID-19 rescue package includes a number of measures to help workers affected by this unprecedented health crisis:
$300 million in cost-of-living relief for households (including a $200 credit for all 2.1 million households to offset the cost of water and electricity), and
a $2.5 billion worker and industry support which includes payroll tax relief, relief for businesses renting government premises, and a worker displacement program to help unemployed people get jobs in sectors facing shortages