Breakthrough in seasonal hospitality jobs?

A new online jobs board, aimed at filling the 36,000 job vacancies that exist within the Australian tourism industry was unveiled today [6 March].

The new online portal – a new partnership between Tourism Australia and – allows Australian businesses to advertise temporary jobs to Australian travellers and working holiday makers looking for seasonal work as they travel the country. The announcement was made by the federal minister for tourism, Martin Ferguson at the launch of Tourism Australia’s new Best Jobs in the World global campaign, targeting international youth travellers.

“Research shows that travellers able to pick up temporary work during their travels are more likely to travel longer and spend more, particularly in regional areas,” Mr Ferguson said. “We also know that many businesses are seeking to fill seasonal vacancies, often in regional areas, perfectly suited to young people travelling Australia.

“Linking’s recruitment technology and expertise to Australia’s Working Holiday Maker program provides a great opportunity for young people to fund their travel plans in Australia, helping extend their stay and travel more widely.”

The campaign comes on the back of strong growth in the number of working holiday makers coming to Australia. In 2011-12 there was a record 222,992 visa grants for working holiday makers.

Expansion in the Working Holiday Maker program is set to continue with the recent announcement of a new work and holiday arrangement with Uruguay and the commencement of negotiations with seven new countries including Greece, bringing the overall number of ongoing negotiations to 13.

In 2012, working holiday makers contributed $2.5 billion to the Australian economy. Working holiday makers spend on average in excess of $13,000 during their stay and importantly makes a significant contribution to regional economies and job creation.

The jobs board complements ‘Discover Your Career’, a free career and jobseeker resource for the Australian tourism and hospitality industry unveiled last month by the National Tourism Alliance.

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