Amazon Australia on hiring spree as Christmas rush looms

Ecommerce giant Amazon Australia is the latest local employer to announce a rush of new hires for Christmas casual work as the nation's businesses prepare for festive shopping.

Amazon Australia on hiring spree as Christmas rush looms

E-commerce giant Amazon Australia is the latest local employer to announce a rush of new hires for Christmas casual work as the nation's businesses prepare for festive shopping.

The online retailer said it plans to hire more than 1000 seasonal workers to help with the deluge of pick, pack and ship orders expected over the summer months.

Of these, around 400 will be in Sydney, around 600 will be in Melbourne and around 100 roles are on offer in Brisbane.

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Craig Fuller, director of operations at Amazon Australia, said the business was proud to be offering jobs at a time when so many are seeking work.

"We are pleased to offer job opportunities across the country at a time when they are needed most," Mr Fuller said.

"There are opportunities for motivated, enthusiastic people from all backgrounds and we look forward to welcoming them to our sites around Australia as we head into the holiday period."

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Amazon currently staffs five fulfilment centres in the country and 12 logistics sites, spread across Sydney, Newcastle, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

The US giant joins a wealth of other employers looking to bolster their workforce for the Christmas rush.

A week ago, electronics retailer JB Hi-Fi announced it was recruiting around 1500 casuals, while Coles announced it was offering more than 7000 positions across all of its divisions.

Woolworths currently has 1000 vacant positions while Big W is seeking more than 3500.

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Drink retailers Dan Murphy's and BWS, both part of the Endeavour Group, are looking to hire more than 4400 team members to cope with summer demand.

The majority of the roles will be casual with a minimum of 20 hours per week, and hundreds are offering immediate starts.

It's not just retailers who are anticipating a rush of online orders for Christmas – Australia Post is too.

The national postal carrier said it is offering nearly 5000 roles to help manage what is forecast to be the biggest online shopping Christmas in history.

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"At the moment, every day feels like Christmas at Australia Post and we're on the lookout for people to join us and help deliver and process record volumes across the country," Australia Post's executive general manager of people and culture Sue Davies said.

"We're proud of the outstanding efforts of our people working hard across the country who keeping delivering and supporting communities through challenging circumstances, and we're so pleased to be able to welcome more into this fantastic Australia Post team."

Australia Post is currently delivering more than two million parcels every day.

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Nearly 52 per cent of Aussies have had both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Nation nears 52 per cent fully vaccinated

Nearly 52 per cent of Aussies have had both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The Federal Government said the nation has hit 51.8 per cent of over-16s having both doses, with 76.1 having one dose.

More than two million Australians were vaccinated over the past week, Health Minister Greg Hunt tweeted.

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GPs, pharmacies and state-run hubs - including drive-through clinics - are all doing vaccinations with AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna, and you can book here.

Here are the latest state and territory breakdowns according to the Australian Government.

The numbers are for eligible adults as of September 27.

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New South Wales

In NSW, 85.7 per cent of residents have had their first jab and 60.4 per cent are fully vaccinated.

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Victoria

In Victoria, 77.9 per cent of residents have rolled up their sleeves once.

A total of 47.7 per cent are fully vaccinated.

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Queensland

The Sunshine State has given 64.1 per cent of people one dose, and 45.1 per cent have had both.

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South Australia

A total of 66.1 per cent of South Australians have answered the call to get vaccinated - and 47.8 per cent have had both doses.

Western Australia

Western Australia might be ultra-cautious on reopening, but 63.6 per cent have had their first jab now, and 45.1 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Australian Capital Territory

In the ACT, which is vaccinating faster than any other area, 87.6 per cent of people have had one dose, and 61.5 per cent have both - the highest in the nation.

Northern Territory

In the NT, 65.2 per cent have had at least one dose, and 51.1 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Tasmania

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