Around 800 organisations including retail stores, food chains, baggage handler companies and government departments are desperate to fill vacant positions as operations continue to scale-up.
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To help meet the demand for staff, Sydney Airport is hosting a jobs fair from 10am to 4pm on Thursday 16 June on level 3 of the T1 International Terminal.
Prospective employees will be able to meet representatives from many of the employers at the airport and apply for a job on the spot.
“Fifteen thousand jobs were lost at the airport during the pandemic and even though everyone started recruiting heavily when borders looked like opening, we’ve still got 5000 roles to fill,” Sydney Airport CEO Geoff Culbert said in a statement.
“Our security contractor and ground handlers have been advertising jobs since December and have brought 500 staff on board since the start of the year, but they have another 1200 roles to go, which is incredibly challenging in this market.”
It comes as the airport ramps up preparations ahead of the July school holiday peak, with management keen to avoid the chaos seen over Easter.
Long queues and extended wait times meant many people missed their flights or were delayed.
The advice for passengers travelling over the upcoming holiday period is to arrive as close as possible to two hours prior to departure for domestic flights and three hours prior for international flights.
Passengers are encouraged not to arrive any earlier, unless specifically advised by their airline, as some carriers will only allow passengers to check in three hours prior to departure for international and two hours prior for domestic.
Arriving at the advised time will help avoid long queues and congestion in the terminals.
“In the lead up to the holidays it will be busy, but we are doing everything we can to make sure people get away on time, including bringing people forward through the queues according to flight priority,” Culbert said.
“Labour shortages are hitting every sector in the economy, and we want to thank everyone who is travelling during this period for their patience as we rebuild the sector.”
Further information about the Sydney Airport jobs fair is available here.