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Woolworths Is Hiring 20,000 Australians Who Might Have Lost Their Job Due To Coronavirus

Woolworths Is Hiring 20,000 Australians Who Might Have Lost Their Job Due To Coronavirus

Woolworths is helping those Australians who might have lost their jobs as a result of the coronavirus.

The supermarket giant has announced it needs to fill 20,000 spots to keep up with the 'unprecedented demand' brought on by the Covid-19 outbreak.

They will be short-term contracts and will be concentrated in e-commerce, drinks businesses and their supply chain.

The main types of responsibilities you can expect include stacking shelves, working the checkout and working at their distribution centres.

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The coronavirus has led to the Australian government shutting down non-essential services like pubs, clubs, cinemas, theatres, gyms, places of worships and the like.

As a result, many have been stood down or fired so that the company can survive through the pandemic.

This could be the perfect gig if you've suddenly found yourself in a tough time.

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Woolworths CEO Brad Banducci said staff have been overwhelmed over the past few weeks with everyone buying supplies for self-isolation.

He added: "We will have more hours for existing team members and additional roles to fill as we focus on meeting the needs of our customers and communities.

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"Our immediate hiring focus is the redeployment of our ALH team members impacted by this week's mandatory hotel closures.

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"We're also preparing to offer up to 5,000 short-term roles to Qantas Group employees taking leave without pay including more than 1500 to our distribution centres."

It comes after New South Wales authorities gave supermarkets and pharmacies the ability to trade for 24 hours.

If adopted, it would mean more staff would be required to keep shelves stacked across the clock as well as give citizens a chance to shop whenever is convenient to them.

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NSW Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes explained that it was up to the individual company to decide whether they wanted to jump on the offer.

The state government had to introduce new legislation specific to the Covid-19 outbreak to make this happen.

"The changes allow the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces to make an order for development to be carried out without the normal planning approval in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public during the COVID-19 pandemic," the NSW Government said.

"These measures will be kept in place until the crisis is over, and reviewed as new issues arise.

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"This provides retailers the flexibility to adjust and extend their hours of operation to ensure that the community has easy access to food, medical supplies and essential household goods."

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Topics: News, Coronavirus, Australia

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.