Hundreds of jobs on offer as local businesses forge ahead
Hundreds of new jobs are up for grabs as the region recovers from the effects of COVID.
The local economy has grown, with many workplaces embarking on recruitment drives to fill new positions.
Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson said it was great to see business confidence continue to strengthen.
“The collaborative approach between business, industry and all levels of government that the Sunshine Coast is so well known for has enabled our economy to remain resilient during recent disruptions and enabled our region to thrive through change” , did he declare.
“There are of course still many challenges to overcome, but the employment opportunities available at these great local companies are a great example of the lifestyle and opportunities that exist here on the Sunshine Coast.”
Many companies on the Sunshine Coast are currently recruiting, including the Kunda Park-based country manager, who has had up to 40 vacancies in recent months, with several jobs currently advertised for machine operators, electricians and storage.
Due to its continued growth, Youi launched a record recruitment drive for over 100 new call center positions, with most vacancies being full-time opportunities with training provided.
Youi CEO Hugo Schreuder said Youi prides itself on providing exceptional customer service and call center positions included a month of fully paid induction training as well as career growth opportunities.
“These positions are critical as our new hires will be the first point of contact for our valued customers, as such we provide comprehensive training to ensure they are able to deliver an exceptional customer experience,” a- he declared.
“We have over 1700 staff at our Sippy Downs headquarters and welcome applicants from all walks of life, the only requirement is a passion for providing exceptional customer service.”
“We are proud to be able to offer so many jobs on the Sunshine Coast at a time when many people in our community are trying hard and encourage anyone looking for an exciting career opportunity to contact us.”
Companies coming back online, including the aviation industry, are also looking for human resources.
Sunshine Coast Airport is returning to a higher number of employees, anticipating an increase over the next 12 months.
Further job creation is also expected with the new low-cost airline, Bonza, which is due to start operations later this year.
Sunshine Coast Airport’s general manager of corporate communications, Kylie Ezzy, said it was an exciting time to work at Sunshine Coast Airport.
“With travel high on the list for many Australians, we are recruiting for a range of roles on our team to support the growth in the number of people traveling to and from the Sunshine Coast and the increased services and destinations with which we will connect in the future,” she said.
“We are also considering recruiting for a range of roles that will help shape our airport for the 2032 Olympics and Paralympics, such as the redevelopment of our terminal building which is expected to double in size.
“We are proud of the role we play in our region as an economic catalyst and our plans aim to ensure that we create jobs for generations to come.”
Sunshine Coast Council is currently running the Gap Year campaign out of the area for tourism and hospitality positions and Mayor Jamieson, in partnership with Study Sunshine Coast, recently welcomed international students to the area.
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Growth sectors during COVID, such as digital and technology-driven businesses, continue to grow, as does the need for highly skilled personnel.
Auto & General has a range of IT-related positions advertised on its website.
At the end of 2021, A&G leased space at ‘The Edge’ in Birtinya, with plans to accommodate another 400 full-time equivalent (FTE) positions.
This would bring the total number of employees employed in the region to at least 700 FTEs, making the company one of the Sunshine Coast’s largest private employers.
In the March quarter of 2022, the Sunshine Coast unemployment rate was 4.1%, hitting a new low in the past 10 years and from 4.7% in 2016/17.