With Queensland’s unemployment rate sitting at 6.3%, the second highest in the country behind Tasmania, and job cuts across the public sector and other industries there are many families struggling to get by.
That is why MAX Employment wants employers to join them in brightening up Christmas by offering an unemployed person a job.
MAX NetWork Managing Director Deborah Homewood said for the second year running MAX Employment was aiming to find 10,000 jobs across Australia for Christmas as part of their Greatest Gift Campaign.
“With all the uncertainty in Queensland in the past few months, we believe now is the perfect time for employers to join with us to help relieve some of this hardship,” Ms Homewood said.
In September 2012, there were 2,200 less people employed in Queensland compared to the previous month, with full-time employment falling by 900, and part-time employment falling by 1,300.
Queensland figures show that there were 139,700 unemployed people in September 2012, with 23,100 of those being unemployed for 52 weeks or more. This compares to 137,000 unemployed people in September 2011.
Ms Homewood said too many families were living in poverty because of unemployment, causing not just financial issues, but serious emotional and mental health problems as well.
“Many of us don’t have to face these challenges so we forget, but think about when you got your first job, or when you were congratulated for a job well done – it is not just about the advantages that come with bringing home a pay cheque but also the improved physical and mental health benefits.
“This is why we are urging employers everywhere to think about whether they have a job opportunity to offer and join us in giving someone the greatest gift.”
As part of the Job Services Australia network, MAX Employment offers no cost recruitment services to employers. Employers may also be eligible to receive government financial assistance to help with the cost of hiring and training new employees.
Ms Homewood said ideally MAX Employment would like to find long-term positions, either full-time or part-time, but she said even a seasonal job would provide a job seeker with additional income, and provide new skills and experience.
She said the jobs could be across any industry including hospitality, retail, business administration, transport and logistics, trade and the care industry including aged and child care.
“Giving people a job improves their financial situation and helps them house and feed their families. It also improves their self-worth and makes them more confident. All this has a ripple effect, impacting not only on the person with the job but on their family, their friends and their community.
“Wouldn’t it be great if Queensland led every other state with the number of jobs we can create through this campaign?” Ms Homewood said.
“Employers can register at our website – www.maxjobs.com.au – or freecall 1800 625 350.
“MAX Employment encourages you to register and be part of the campaign regardless of whether you have a current vacant position.”
Ms Homewood said that MAX Employment’s motto was ‘finding jobs, changing lives” and while the primary goal of the campaign was to help more people find employment, MAX Employment would also make a charity donation to help even more low-income families.
In 2011, MAX Employment Christmas jobs campaign secured over 10,000 new jobs and MAX Employment also donated $100,000 to The Smith Family further assisting Australian families experiencing hardship.
“So if you are an employer, register online – www.maxjobs.com.au – or call us today – freecall 1800 625 350. Together we can make a huge impact, giving people the greatest gift for Christmas.”
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