This August, QIC is presenting its national Jobs Fair initiative, for the second consecutive year, offering prospective candidates the opportunity to access over 2,500 potential local jobs from more than 90 interested retail and brands ahead of the Christmas retail period.

The QIC Jobs Fair provides a range of full-time, part-time, and casual positions across the retail spectrum, encompassing national fashion and lifestyle brands, as well as local food and beverage vendors. McDonald’s, Myer, Sephora, Pandora, Endota Spa and HOYTS are some of the big-name retailers taking part. Last year’s Jobs Fair successfully supported over 100 retailers and reached nearly 20,000 job seekers.

QIC Real Estate general manager of shopping centres, Stephen Dewaele said, “Following the tremendous success of last year’s event, we’re thrilled to see this year’s Jobs Fair expand across our portfolio to assist individuals looking for work, with 19 centres participating in the initiative across Australia.

“Right now, the retail sector has over 32,000 job vacancies, and we hope the QIC Jobs Fair helps alleviate the pressures faced by both retailers and prospective job seekers as we approach the busy Christmas period, one of the most significant times in the retail calendar.”

Recent research indicates that almost one million Australians are working multiple jobs, a 10% increase compared to 2022. Monthly hours worked have also risen significantly, with Australians now working over 1.9 million hours per month.

“Considering the current conditions, the QIC Jobs Fair serves as a timely platform for local jobseekers to engage directly with businesses operating within our centres, offering genuine employment prospects as well as valuable in-person learning experiences. There’s never been a better time to connect with some of Australia’s most popular brands, and there is always the prospect of an exciting long-term career,” Dewaele continued.

In a first for QIC, the Jobs Fair features Feros Care as a key partner across a select number of centres, expanding its reach to include recruitment support for the care and disability services. Feros Care is launching a major recruitment drive in the industry.

Dedicated spaces for face-to-face interviews are available at most events and candidates are encouraged to register in advance. Walk-in candidates are also considered on an individual basis, and smaller centres will set up ‘pop-up’ kiosks to address recruitment inquiries. To ensure accessibility, a virtual job board is available for candidates who are unable to attend in-person interviews.

The QIC Jobs Fair continues until September 16, 2023.