Woolworths Provides Unemployed Australians Much-Needed Life Saver After Creating 20,000 New Jobs
Woolworths Group will hire up to 20,000 staff in the next month after thousands of Australians have been laid off due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The new roles in supermarkets, e-commerce, the supply chain and beverages will allow the retailer to better respond to unprecedented demand for groceries across the country.
This decision will also allow the supermarket giant to develop its online operations in order to meet the changing purchasing needs determined by COVID-19.
Brad Banducci, CEO of the Woolworths Group, said: “Times are uncertain for many industries and we have an important role to play in keeping Australians employed during this crisis.
Woolworths Group to hire up to 20,000 employees over the next month
“Our top priority, as we continue to provide an essential service to the community, is to maintain the safety of clients and teams through clear social distancing rules and high standards of hygiene.
“As we do this, we will have more hours for existing team members and additional roles to fill as we focus on the needs of our customers and our communities.”
Supermarket shelves have been left bare due to the coronavirus crisis, with buyers desperately buying groceries in bulk, fearing that Australia might be stranded.
The Australian government has also enforced strict social distancing rules and advised residents to stay home to try to fight the epidemic.
Banducci said the new jobs will allow Woolworths to better respond to increased demand in stores and to expand home delivery operations in the coming months.
“Our immediate hiring goal is the redeployment of members of our ALH team affected by the mandatory ALH closings this week,” he said.
Woolworths Group CEO Brad Banducci said the new jobs will allow Woolworths to better respond to increased demand in stores and to develop home delivery operations in the coming months.
“We have already placed some 3,000 affected people in new positions at BWS, Dan Murphy and Woolworths supermarkets and will continue to express their interest.
“We are also preparing to offer up to 5,000 short-term positions to Qantas Group employees on leave without pay, including more than 1,500 in our distribution centers.”
The ALH group, jointly owned by Woolworths and the Mathieson family, operates more than 300 licensed sites in Australia.
They were forced to fire about 8,000 workers after the government decided to close all licensed sites and “nonessential” businesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Woolworths Group said they expect to make thousands of short-term positions available to employees of Village Entertainment, Michael Hill Jewelers, Cotton On, Accor and Super Retail Group.
New roles in supermarkets, e-commerce, supply chain and beverage businesses will allow retailer to better meet unprecedented grocery demand across the country