Accommodation and Food Services provides many opportunities for young people looking for their first job, or for mature aged workers looking to re-enter the workforce. Most entry level roles within this industry generally do not need prior experience or qualifications, with more than half of the workers not having post-school qualifications. Many occupations also provide flexible hours (around 61% of workers are employed part-time), allowing for work around school and other commitments.
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This is one of the industries most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite this, Accommodation and Food Services continues to provide many jobs, even if some of these jobs have changed to reflect this particular situation (for example, wait staff becoming delivery drivers). As lockdown restrictions ease, businesses in this industry are expected to see a significant increase in demand.
Sources: ABS, Labour Force (seasonally adjusted and annual averages of original data); ABS, Characteristics of Employment; ABS, Education and Work.