Job increases in manufacturing, agriculture, distribution, transport and call centres, as well as the medical sector are offering a glimmer of hope to Australia's growing population of unemployed workers.
There were 900 more jobs offered in state and territory hospitals in March than in February, including doctors, nurses and nurse support workers, but other sectors are also experiencing demand.
There were 900 more hospital jobs in March compared to February
A spokeswoman for the Department of Education, Skills and Employment said there had been growth in logistics jobs such as truck drivers, store persons, shelf fillers and in some retail jobs such as pharmacists, checkout operators and commercial cleaners.
In manufacturing, demand increased in the categories of medical supplies, pharmaceuticals, food and groceries.
There was also increased activity in hiring for local and long distance transport workers and in logistics and warehousing.
Supermarkets, pharmacies and food outlets are hiring as are IT and call centres, the agriculture and harvesting sectors, hospitals and care facilities.
"As expected, most capital cities have seen a decline in hiring activities, particularly for roles in public administration, education and training, manufacturing, and hospitality. However, in all capital regions, we observe increases in health and logistics roles," according to the department.
Construction projects are expected to continue.Credit:Simon Schluter
A number of companies have also gone on large hiring sprees.
Telstra is looking to recruit 1000 temporary contractors to help manage its call centre volumes and cope with excess demand.
One of the company's new recruits, Torstyn Cole, said it was a wonderful feeling to have surety at such a difficult time.
"It's just an absolute feeling of thankfulness and a sense of gratitude," he said.
"I'm also profoundly thankful and grateful that I'm now in a position to also be able to offer roles and and some sort of continuance and normalcy to people."
Mr Cole is the manager of a Telstra's Bourke Street call centre, which will hire over 300 people as part of the recruitment drive.
"There's a volume increase and definitely a demand for more people," he said.
"We're in the fortunate position of being an essential service that everyone needs and can therefore go out and add capacity to our force.
"It's funny, I took the role in sales and in the blink of an eye it changed to servicing and right now my days are filled with job interviews and putting people on."
Telstra isn't the only company hiring.
On Friday, Woolworths announced it would employee a further 20,000 people to meet growing demand at its supermarkets.
It follows the lead of Coles, which earlier this month advertised 5000 jobs to deal with panic buying sprees which marred the start of government-enforced restrictions.
The state government is also in the midst of establishing a $500 million fund to help workers who have lost their jobs find new opportunities, including work cleaning public infrastructure or delivering food.
Pizza chain, Domino's recently put out a call for 2000 extra delivery drivers. It was swamped by over 15,000 applicants.
Construction jobs will still be needed.Credit:Simon Schluter
With a changing landscape, upskilling is also an option.
Holmesglen Institute of Tafe, one of the state's largest vocational training providers is set to unveil a state of the art tunnelling centre to replicate complex civil engineering projects like the Metro Tunnel.
The institute's chief executive officer Mary Faraone said construction industry jobs will still be needed.
"The Victorian government has committed to a formidable program of infrastructure
development that includes major transport projects such as the Metro Rail Tunnel," Ms Faraone said.
"In this environment, there will be opportunities to move people from jobs in services to civil
construction where there are plenty of jobs."
"Other areas of need will be around operating machinery, traffic management, specialist
construction skills, renewable energies, and electro-technology.
"It will be no surprise that nurses, allied health, disability and community services
workers will all continue to be in demand in the future so there will still be strong
employment prospects for qualified people in these sectors."
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