Thursday, November 8th, 2012
NEW SOUTH WALES – MAX Employment wants to give New South Wales unemployed people the greatest gift this Christmas – a job that will lead to a better future for them and their families.
With the New South Wales’s unemployment rate sitting at 5.2%, and more people out of work than the same time last year (and more of those long-term unemployed), there are many families struggling to get by.
That is why MAX Employment wants employers to join them in brightening up Christmas by offering an unemployed person a job.
MAXNetWork Managing Director Deborah Homewood said for the second year running MAX Employment was aiming to find 10,000 jobs for Christmas across Australia as part of their Greatest Gift Campaign.
“With unemployment remaining a consistent problem in New South Wales, we believe now is the perfect time for employers to join with us to help relieve some of this hardship,” Ms Homewood said.
Figures show that there were 194,900 unemployed people in New South Wales in September 2012, with 44,000 of those being unemployed for 52 weeks or more. This compares to 194,000 unemployed people in September 2011, with 42,300 of those being unemployed for 52 weeks or more.
Ms Homewood said too many families were living in poverty because of unemployment, causing not just financial issues, but serious emotional and mental health problems as well.
“Many of us don’t have to face these challenges so we forget, but think about when you got your first job, or when you were congratulated for a job well done – it is not just about the advantages that come with bringing home a pay cheque but also the improved physical and mental health benefits.
“This is why we are urging employers everywhere to think about whether they have a job opportunity to offer and join us in giving someone that greatest gift.”
As part of the Job Services Australia network, MAX Employment offers no cost recruitment services to employers. Employers may also be eligible to receive government financial assistance to help with the cost of hiring and training new employees.
Ms Homewood said ideally MAX Employment would like to find long-term positions, either full-time or part-time, but she said even a seasonal job would provide a job seeker with additional income and provide new skills and experience.
She said the jobs could be across any industry including hospitality, retail, business administration, transport and logistics, trade and the care industry including aged and child care.
“Giving people a job improves their financial situation and helps them house and feed their families. It also improves their self-worth and makes them more confident. All this has a ripple effect, impacting not only on the person with the job but on their family, their friends and their community.
“Wouldn’t it be great if New South Wales led every other state with the number of jobs we can create through this campaign?” Ms Homewood said.
“Employers can register at our website – - or freecall 1800 625 350.
“MAX Employment encourages you to register and be part of the campaign regardless of whether you have a current vacant position.”
Ms Homewood said that MAX Employment’s motto was ‘finding jobs, changing lives and while the primary goal of the campaign was to help more people find employment, MAX Employment would also make a charity donation to help even more low-income families.
In 2011, the MAX Employment Christmas jobs campaign secured over 10,000 new jobs and MAX Employment donated $100,000 to The Smith Family further assisting Australian families experiencing hardship.
“So if you are an employer, register online – - or call us today - freecall 1800 625 350. Together we can make a huge impact, giving people the greatest gift for Christmas.”



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