Gold Coast in massive recruitment drive

- Posted in Australia Working Holiday Visa by Dominicon 05 November 2012

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As the Christmas season approaches, hundreds of employers are on the lookout for temporary workers to cover the busy season - and none so more than the theme parks and tourist attractions of the Gold Coast.

The Gold Coast is home to five major theme parks but is facing a bit of a struggle in attracting the hundreds of retailers, maintenance workers, service staff and above all ride attendants needed to cover the busy Australian Christmas summer.

Village Roadshow, which operates Movie World, Sea World and Wet 'n' Wild is looking to boost its workforce by up to 25% - over 500 positions while Dreamworld and Whitewater World are also looking for at least 200 workers, and maybe not just on a temporary basis.

"We want happy, fun, energetic employees and often casual Christmas staff are offered permanent positions because we recruit internally," said Megan Reid, Dreamworld's people manager.

"The positions are for a variety of ages from school students to grandmothers and grandfathers looking for a couple of days' work."

It's not just in the adrenaline fuelled world of theme parks and water worlds though that the Gold Coast is looking for people, with plenty of other tourism opportunities on offer.

Leon Thomson, sales and marketing director for the recently refurbished five-star Sheraton Mirage hotel, says the resort is struggling to keep up with unprecedented levels of demand with a 20% jump in occupancy forcing the resort to hire more restaurant, bar and catering staff as well as housekeepers and other staff members.

"We already have 300 employees and to create another 40 positions is a significant expansion for our staffing numbers," said Mr Thompson.

You can find the Village Roadshow recruitment page here, and the Sheraton page here.

- Dominic Ladden-Powell is the Online Editor with the Australian Visa Bureau, an independent migration consultancy specialising in helping people lodge applications for a Working Holiday Visa to Australia.