Australian tourism businesses struggling to fill temporary positions are being encouraged to take advantage of a recently launched online jobs board, allowing them to upload job vacancies free of charge.
The partnership between Tourism Australia and Monster.com allows businesses to advertise temporary jobs to Australian travellers and international Working Holiday Makers trying to find seasonal work as they travel the country.
Businesses looking for temporary or casual staff can upload unlimited job ads for free until 1 March 2014. The jobs are visible to over 1.5 million job seekers every month on a dedicated working holiday site bestjobs.careerone.com.au and across the CareerOne network.
Tourism Australia Managing Director Andrew McEvoy said this week’s high profile Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) was an ideal platform to raise awareness of the new service amongst Australian tourism operators and all 700 Australian sellers at this year’s event had been encouraged to make use of the service.
“Finding people to fill temporary job vacancies is an issue many tourism operators struggle with, particularly given the seasonal nature of the business,” Mr McEvoy said.
“Our industry currently has around 36,000 temporary jobs which need filling. What the new ‘jobs board’ does is match job seekers to many of those hard to fill temporary vacancies, which is a big win-win for the industry and for youth travellers.
“Whether it’s temporary staff to turn down beds, wait tables, serve coffees or help out as a tourism guide, many operators can benefit from this new site. My advice to businesses with hard to fill temporary jobs is to register now,” he added.
The site has already received over 36,000 unique visits in the six weeks since it was launched and is also being promoted by Tourism Australia to more than 430,000 fans on its Australian Working Holiday Facebook page.
The new jobs board has been developed to help support Tourism Australia’s ‘Best Jobs in the World’ competition, a new global youth push to attract more working holiday makers to Australia.
“With many of the world’s economies stagnating and with youth unemployment on the rise, there has never been a better time to take a working holiday in Australia and probably never a better opportunity of finding suitable work,” Mr McEvoy said.
Ben Foote from Monster.com said the new dedicated temporary jobs portal already had over 1200 pre-loaded and was expecting that number to increase significantly as more Australian businesses became aware of 12 month free jobs upload service.
“As one of the largest and most well known employment sites in the world we believe we have the size and scale to help match many international visitors to temporary positions which desperately need filling in all parts of the country,” Mr Foote said.
In addition to the new jobs board, an online ‘jobs widget’ has been developed which businesses in Australia and overseas can embed into their own website, allowing visitors to search for temporary positions while they research, plan and book their Australian holiday.
The launch of Tourism Australia’s ‘Best Jobs in the World’ competition comes on the back of strong growth in the number of Working Holiday Makers coming to Australia. Nearly 140,000 WHM visas were granted in the last six months of 2012, 23.2 per cent higher than the same period in 2011.
In 2012, Working Holiday Makers contributed A$2.5 billion to the Australian economy, each spending on average in excess of A$13,000 during their stay.
Australian businesses wishing to advertise a temporary position should log on to http://workingholidayjobs.careerone.com.au, where they can quickly and easily upload details of the job.
The Monster.com jobs board complements ‘Discover Your Career’, a free career and jobseeker resource for the Australian tourism and hospitality industry earlier this year by the National Tourism Alliance.