Workers in the hard-hit travel and recreation sectors are leaving their jobs in droves – and are five times more likely to look for a new career
- Travel and recreation workers are trying to find jobs outside of their industries
- Employees in these sectors have been hit particularly hard by coronavirus crisis
- As other businesses start to re-open, impacted workers are looking elsewhere
- Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19
Workers within the travel and recreation sectors are trying to leave their industries in droves according to new data.
The coronavirus crisis has caused major disruptions for Australian workers who are now 1.4 times more likely to apply for a role outside of their current industry.
But in the hard-hit travel and recreation sectors, workers are 5.2 times more likely to look elsewhere.
A worker in the recreation industry sanitises a pair of skis at Mount Buller in Victoria as the slopes open for visitors on June 22
This includes those employed by tourism operators, hotels chains and aviation giants.
The LinkedIn report found that as COVID-19 restrictions start to ease across Australia and businesses get set to reopen, impacted workers are desperately looking to change jobs.
‘Hiring is stabilising in Australia as movement restrictions begin to relax, however it will likely take some time before we get back to the levels of hiring growth we saw before the pandemic hit,’ Adam Gregory, Senior Director of APAC Talent Solutions at LinkedIn Australia, told Business Insider.
‘A big part of the labour market recovery will be transitioning workers from industries that have been hard hit by the crisis into new and different roles.’
Despite the federal government’s JobKeeper scheme, which provides employees of coronavirus-hit business $1,500 a fortnight to stay on the books, national unemployment figures have surged.
Australia’s unemployment rate rose to 7.1 percent in the month of May after shedding 90,000 full time roles and 130,000 part time jobs.
Passengers are pictured checking in to a Jetstar flight at Sydney Airport on June 19, 2020, after some state borders re-opened
However with more businesses expected to come back online when restrictions continue to lift on July 1, economic observers are tentatively hoping for an improvement.
According to the job website Seek there was a 60.6 per cent rise in employment advertisements during the first week of June.
While this is a positive sign, baby boomers and Generation Z are feeling less confident about their future job prospects.
Hard-hit travel and recreation sector workers are now 5.2 times more likely to apply for a job outside of their industry