Impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Melbourne’s north

Posted: 14th Sep

The employment impact of Covid-19 has been significant across Australia and no more so than in Melbourne’s north.

In the first quarter of the Covid-19 pandemic, actual employment decreased by 76,055 - compared to the quarterly employment average in 2019 - across the seven local government areas that make up Melbourne’s northern region: Banyule, Darebin, Moreland, Hume, Mitchell, Nillumbik and Whittlesea.

While Job Keeper has enabled many of those working in Melbourne’s north to retain their jobs, the real concern is how many will remain employed once Job Keeper is removed.

In terms of quarterly change in the number of jobs, the highest decrease was experienced in the City of Moreland, followed by the City of Whittlesea, City of Hume; and City of Darebin (more information can be found at https://northlink.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/NIEIR-COVID-Impact-Report.pdf).

What is clear is that going forward the competition for jobs is going to be intense. Accordingly, people seeking employment are advised to use this time to make sure they are employment ready when the jobs market begins to open-up. That means making sure that their resumes are up to date,  well written, and only presents the most relevant information that highlights their skills and experience. It also means being well-practised in interviewing techniques and having a sound knowledge of what prospective employers are looking for.

There are a number of sources of assistance to equip jobseekers in Melbourne’s north to know where to look for jobs and to prepare them to go for those jobs:

  1. Skills and Job Centres offer advice and free on-line courses on job opportunities, the process of applying for jobs and vocational training

Providers are:

  1. Hume City Council regularly offers free on-line workshops to assist Hume residents into employment.

https://www.humejoblink.com.au/news/3309/september-online-workshops-for-hume-residents-free

Access to a wide range of free on-line courses is also available through Hume Multiversity:

https://www.hume.vic.gov.au/Businesses/Hume-Multiversity

  1. There are also programs to guide and assist unemployed people to start their own businesses:
  1. Melbourne’s North Joblink

Provides a wide range of vacancies that are available in Melbourne’s North. Jobseekers can register on this site to apply for jobs, and employers in Melbourne’s north can list their vacancies at no cost. The site also includes a toolkit to assist jobseekers to find employment and a toolkit for employers about employment arrangements and employee entitlements:

https://www.mnjoblink.com.au/

  1. Adult Migrant English Programs, which provides up to 510 hours of English language tuition for eligible migrants and humanitarian entrants, are delivered by:

Melbourne Polytechnic: www.melbournepolytechnic.edu.au

And

Kangan Institute: www.kangan.edu.au