Christmas cracker of time to find work as borders opening sparks local jobs boom

South Australian employers are in a race against time to fill thousands of job vacancies as the state’s borders re-opening and an early rush of Christmas retail trade combine to create a ‘perfect storm’ of local job opportunities.

The massive jobs boom covers a range of industry sectors, from tourism, hospitality and events to retail sales, manufacturing and construction – with more than 11,000 SA job vacancies* currently being advertised on SEEK and CareerOne search platforms, alone.

Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority has joined the hiring spree, advertising for dozens of permanent roles across its portfolios, including a workforce coordinator, hospitality attendants, a sous chef and part-time cook as well as more than 200 casual positions, including RoofClimb Leaders, in preparation for the Summer sports season.

While Rundle Mall and suburban retailers (including Koko Black, Cue Clothing, Nespresso, Peter Shearer Menswear, Oroton, Tommy Hilfiger and Rodd&Gunn*) are on the hunt for scores of Christmas casuals.

Premier Steven Marshall welcomed the local jobs boom as another positive sign of the state’s strong ongoing economic recovery from COVID-19.

“There’s never been a better time to look for a job in SA,” said Premier Marshall.

“Our state’s borders re-opening, and the start of the festive retail trade period with the popular Black Friday sales tomorrow, has created a ‘perfect storm’ of job opportunities for those South Australians wanting work.

“Whether it’s full or part-time work, or a Christmas casual position, there are thousands of jobs on offer right now right across the state.

“There are more full-time people employed in South Australia than ever before and our borders re-opening presents a significant opportunity for SA’s tourist economy – with more than $1.8 billion spent by tourists from New South Wales and Victoria alone pre-COVID.”

Latest data published by the Commonwealth Department of Education, Skills and Employment shows internet job vacancies in Adelaide jumped 14 per cent (an extra 1,500 jobs) in the 3 months to October, compared with the 3 months prior – the second biggest surge of all capital cities, behind only Hobart.

*Job ads on SEEK as at November 24, 2021

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