Australia Post will hire 4,000 people across the country to cope with the Christmas rush as the delivery service is battered by a sharp increase in online shopping and border restrictions.
The number reflects the biggest recruitment drive Australia Post has carried out in its 210 years of existence.
What are the Australia Post jobs?
Around 2,900 Christmas casuals will be hired across transport and deliveries.
Another 300 fixed term full- and part-time workers will be hired for customer contact centre roles in Brisbane, regional South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Queensland.
And 900 people will be hired across the Post Office network and other areas of the business.
But competition will be fierce: last year Australia Post received more than 23,000 applications for its Christmas casual positions, while more than 50,000 people applied for the 1,000 casual positions hired during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Australia Post said those interested should consider applying across the range of positions, particularly in transport and customer contact centres.
“This is a record-breaking recruitment drive for what we expect to be a Christmas unlike any we’ve had before in Australia Post’s history,” executive general manager people and culture Sue Davies said.
“In a year that has been incredibly challenging and impacted people in many ways, we are delighted to be inviting people to join us this Christmas as we deliver across the country.”
Challenging times for Australia Post
The hiring spree comes as the postal service battles controversy after it asked Victorian workers to volunteer to deliver parcels in exchange for time in lieu.
However, Australia Post said this was similar to its Christmas volunteer program.
“With Australia Post managing record parcel volumes – up 186 per cent in Victoria in the third week of August - at the same time as our workforce capacity is reduced due to Stage 4 restrictions, we’re doing all we can to help process and deliver the parcels that our customers want,” a spokesperson told Yahoo Finance in September.
“So far we’ve had around 200 of our Melbourne office based team members express interest to lend a hand to their front line colleagues to deliver for customers during one of our busiest periods ever, particularly in Victoria.”
Australia Post also came under fire for plans to pay out bonuses to executives, despite having earlier in the year saying they would forego the payments.
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