Hundreds of new jobs are up for grabs as the region bounces back from the impacts of COVID.
The local economy has gained momentum 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 ensured that our economy remained resilient during recent disruptions and enabled our region to thrive through change,” he said.
“There are, of course, still many challenges ahead, but the job opportunities available at these leading local businesses are a great example of the lifestyle and opportunities that exist here on the Sunshine Coast.”
Many Sunshine Coast businesses currently recruiting include Kunda Park based business Country Chef, which has had up to 40 positions to fill in recent months, with multiple jobs currently advertised for machine operators, electricians and warehousing.
Due to ongoing growth, Youi has launched a record-breaking recruitment drive for more than 100 new call centre positions, with most of the vacancies being full-time opportunities with training provided.
Youi CEO Hugo Schreuder said Youi prided itself on providing awesome customer service and the call centre positions included one month of fully-paid induction training as well as career growth opportunities.
“These positions are vital as our new recruits will be the first point of contact for our valued customers, as such we provide full training to ensure they’re able to deliver an exceptional customer experience,” he said.
“We have more than 1700 employees at our Sippy Downs head office and welcome applicants from all walks of life, the only pre-requisite is a passion for providing awesome customer service.”
“We’re proud to be able to offer so many jobs on the Sunshine Coast at a time when many people in our community are doing it tough and encourage anyone looking for an exciting career opportunity to get in touch.”
Businesses coming back online, including the aviation industry, are on the hunt for human resources as well.
Sunshine Coast Airport is returning to higher numbers of employees, anticipating an increase over the next 12 months.
Further job creation is also expected with the new low-cost airline, Bonza, set to start operations later this year.
Sunshine Coast Airport General Manager Corporate Communications Kylie Ezzy said it was an exciting time to work at Sunshine Coast Airport.
“With travel high on the agenda for many Australians, we are recruiting for a range of roles in our team to support the growth in the number of people travelling to and from the Sunshine Coast and the increase in services and destinations we will connect to in the future,” she said.
“We are also looking at recruiting for a range of roles that will help us shape our airport in the lead up to the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games such as the redevelopment of our terminal which is planned to double in size.
“We are proud of the role we play in our region as an economic enabler and our plans are about ensuring that we are creating jobs for generations to come.”
Sunshine Coast Council currently has the Gap Year campaign running out-of-region for tourism and hospitality positions and Mayor Jamieson, in partnership with Study Sunshine Coast, recently welcomed international students back to the region.
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Growth sectors during COVID, such as digital and technology-driven businesses, continue to power on, and so does the need for highly skilled staff.
Auto & General has a range of IT related positions advertised on its website.
In late 2021, A&G leased space at ‘The Edge’ in Birtinya, with plans to accommodate a further 400 full time equivalent (FTE) positions.
This would bring total staff employed within the region to at least 700 FTE, making the company one of the larger private employers on the Sunshine Coast.
In the March 2022 quarter, the unemployment rate for the Sunshine Coast was 4.1 per cent hitting a new low during the last 10 years and comparative to the 2016/17 rate of 4.7 per cent.