Coles puts call out for 5000 workers to help meet demand

Coles is looking to employ another 5000 staff at its supermarkets and liquor stores across the country to help meet the huge demand sparked by the COVID-19 crisis.

The supermarket giant has already hired more than 7000 new workers in just two weeks at a time when thousands of Australians are being laid off or stood down.

The new employees have already been fast tracked into stores right across the country.


Coles is now opening up an extra 5000 positions across Australia, providing a much needed lifeline to those who have suddenly found themselves unemployed.

Staff are need for customer service positions, stacking shelves and for home deliveries.

It’s also looking for more than 100 trade-qualified bakers.

The move by Coles comes after rival Woolworths put the call out for 20,000 staff across the country.

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Coles says it will continue to work with major employers and unions to see what job opportunities they can provide for people who have lost their jobs.

“Coles is doing everything we can to support jobs and the economy through this challenging time, while also ensuring we can provide groceries for all Australians,” Coles CEO Steven Cain said.

The company says it has also streamlined its application process and will fast track applications sent from some companies that have been forced to lay off staff, including Virgin Australia.

“We have seen a lot of demand for roles, and where we have positions available, we are making sure that we can get people into them as quickly as possible,” Mr Cain said.