Published on Jun 22, 2020

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Recently, Workskil Cessnock formed a working committee to discuss the impacts caused by COVID-19 and the effects the JobKeeper subsidy has had on businesses in the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA).

Our region has been hit hard over the past six months from prolonged drought, the devastating bushfire season, smoke taint and now the COVID-19 Pandemic which has left many questioning their vocations and business sustainability.

The impacts of COVID-19 have been challenging for our local businesses and to gain a better understanding of the impacts and how businesses are responding, Workskil have compiled a short survey for you to share your recent experiences amid the easing of restrictions.

Not long after restrictions were put in place, many businesses were forced to close their doors.  This left employees with minimal hours or even the loss of their jobs.  As a result, job seekers were forced to pursue other careers or take up new positions in the workforce.

The unpredictability of the pandemic left businesses with the uncertainty of whether they would trade as they did previously or even at all.

The manufacturing industry is an example of this as many businesses are finding it difficult as they are unable to produce their products due to being unable to import parts and necessary supplies and many dependent upon the exporting of their goods.

It was decided rather than presume that business would get back to normal when restrictions had eased, that it would be a good time to survey employers and local businesses to gauge what effect it had. This way solutions may be sought to identify any shortfalls in available staff, and to allow businesses to trade effectively after the lifting of restrictions.

If you would like to share your experiences during this difficult time you may do so by completing the Post COVID-19 Survey for Employers.  Provide as much information as you can as this will assist in the rebuilding of our community.