Every week there seem to be more companies announcing job losses, as the coronavirus pandemic, lockdown and resulting economic downturn continues to bite hard.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 594,300 people lost their jobs in April. This drop was predominantly due to restrictions put in place to protect Australians from the coronavirus.
The ABS estimated another 227,700 jobs were lost in May.
Workers have suffered across a range of industries. Here are some of the announced job losses so far.
Airlines and travel
Last week, Qantas announced it would permanently cut more than 6,000 jobs from the company as a result of the financial crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
Jobs are being lost across the airline, including 1,500 jobs from group operations, 1,450 from office roles, 1,050 cabin crew, 630 in engineering and 220 pilots.
Virgin temporarily stood down 80 per cent of its 10,000 employees in March as the tighter coronavirus restrictions came into effect. After being placed into voluntary administration, the company was this week purchased by American private equity group Bain Capital, which “committed to protecting as many Virgin Australia jobs as possible”.
Despite their public statement, Bain Capital is almost certain to cut jobs — it’s just not certain yet how many.
With the closure of international borders and coronavirus restrictions affecting the domestic tourism market, travel agent Flight Centre announced it would be temporarily standing down or making redundant 6,000 sales and support staff around the world, including 3,800 in Australia.
The retail trade sector is one of the biggest employers in Australia and was already under significant stress before the pandemic, with brands like Colette, Harris Scarfe, Jeanswest, Bardot and G-Star Raw all entering administration in 2020.
Many retailers were forced to stand down thousands of employees due to the coronavirus restrictions.
Australia’s supermarkets enjoyed a boost in the first quarter of the year due to a shopping surge for groceries. But in June, Woolworths announced automation of its warehouses would eliminate about 700 jobs in Sydney and Melbourne.
Last month, Wesfarmers announced up to 167 Target and Target Country stores would shut or be converted to Kmart stores. The company told the ABC it expected a reduction of between 1,000 and 1,300 roles over the next year, with most job losses occurring next year.
The department store last week announced 90 head office jobs would be cut as it tries to get through the coronavirus sales downturn.
The 170-year-old retailer called in administrators in December and by March had reduced from 66 to 44 stores and cut employee numbers from more than 1,800 to around 1,300.
The big four professional services firm announced it would be cutting 400 staff from its financial advisory, consulting and support sectors of the business, representing around 5 per cent of its Australian workforce.
Another member of the big four, Deloitte announced the COVID-19 pandemic had caused a significant drop in revenue and operating profit, meaning it would cut 700 people from a staff of 10,000 in Australia.
The majority of KPMG’s 8,000-strong workforce in Australia agreed to accept a 20 per cent pay cut for four months in May, but the big four firm announced it was cutting 200 professional jobs in departments where business had reduced significantly.
In May, News Corp announced it would be cutting jobs as it moved its community and regional newspaper titles from print to digital-only.
According to the Australian Financial Review, 375 employees would remain in the regional and community divisions of the organisation, down from a previous total of 1,300 staff.
Earlier this month, staff were told up to 100 jobs nationwide would also be cut from the organisation’s metropolitan papers, according to the Australian Financial Review.
In June, the ABC announced 250 jobs would be cut in response to an $84 million cut to the broadcaster’s budget.
The broadcaster announced around 70 staff would be lost from the News division, 53 from the Entertainment and Specialist division and 19 people from the Regional and Local team.
National Gallery of Australia
The National Gallery of Australia announced it would be offering voluntary redundancies to staff after a reported $3.6 million funding shortfall.
According to the Community and Public Sector Union, the National Gallery would likely cut 30 to 40 staff members this year in order to meet budget over the next five years.
Financial woes, including the coronavirus crisis, saw the sporting body announce it was cutting 40 per cent of its staff, including 47 full-time and 30 contractor and casual workers to save $5.5 million from its annual wage bill.
Workers were told at a mass meeting earlier this month that 70 jobs at the CBG Resources’ Rasp Mine at Broken Hill would be cut.
In May, a Rapid Research Information Forum paper estimated 21,000 full-time jobs in the university sector were at risk, with 7,000 estimated to be research-related academic positions.
In the time since, several universities have announced job cuts on the back of revenue shortfalls.
Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University is understood to be cutting up to 145 jobs at the university in response to a budget black hole exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
University of Wollongong
Earlier this month, the University of Wollongong said it would need to cut between 150 and 300 staff to ease the financial pressure of the pandemic. The University had reportedly lost $90 million since the start of the crisis.
Central Queensland University
In May, Central Queensland University announced it would cut 99 jobs on top of 197 voluntary redundancies to help cover the revenue shortfall created by a decline in international students.
Luv-a-Duck’s Nhill processing plant in north-west Victoria stood down 61 staff in May after the duck processor was hit hard by restaurant closures.