In the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, businesses all over the world have downsized or closed indefinitely, costing thousands of jobs and prompting economic uncertainty. Governments are urging citizens to stay home whenever possible. City streets, once vibrant and bustling, have emptied.
As an international student and/or casual worker, such uncertain and unprecedented circumstances may have you feeling particularly overwhelmed. You may be wondering: what if I get sick? What if I lose my job? How am I going to support myself financially? Am I eligible for financial assistance?
Though these questions can feel burdensome, the best way to navigate this uniquely challenging time is to stay informed of your options and rights in various circumstances. With this knowledge, you’ll be able to make the best decisions for yourself in the coming months.
Though several non-essential businesses have closed or are closing indefinitely due to the pandemic, certain organisations are still operational and seeking new casual workers. For example, grocery stores, pharmacies and bottle shops have all been deemed essential services and will therefore remain open for the foreseeable future.
To keep up with demand, both Woolworths and Coles are implementing mass hiring strategies. Woolworths announced that it would be hiring 20,000 employees, with a specific focus on supporting staff from retail and airline industries who have lost their jobs since the outbreak. The announcement comes just a few days after Coles declared it would recruit 5000 casual workers to shorten queues and manage stock turnover.
There are plenty more industries looking for employees in light of COVID-19, including: