Covid has wrought havoc in our lives, from the illness and death it has delivered globally to the isolation and loneliness it has brought to individuals. No one has been left untouched by this scourge across the globe.
Business has been hard hit by quick strike decisions and at times lengthy lockdowns that have brought trade to a grinding halt across many industries and put both business owners and workers out of a job for significant periods of time.
General retailers, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, hairdressers, beauty salons, airlines, tourism operators and sporting life, the very hubs of our social existence, were all placed in a veritable limbo whilst Governments grappled to limit movement and ultimately the viruses spreading throughout our community.
However, whilst some industries experienced unprecedented pain, others were the source of extraordinary growth and demand for workers and staff.
According to the Australian Government Job Outlook Skills Match tool those that were employed in the five largest occupation groups most impacted by lockdowns- waiters, kitchenhands, bar attendants, baristas and sales assistants may well have the skills to transition into lines of work where demand significantly increased such as checkout operators, cleaners, truck drivers, couriers, aged and disabled care workers, and call centre operators.