Coronavirus: The jobs that could boom in the COVID-19 pandemic

A recruiting and labor-hire specialist company says the need for workers has increased sharply since the COVID-19 coronavirus began spreading.
Agstaff, Canstaff and New Zealand Dairy Careers managing director Matt Jones is calling out to New Zealanders facing job losses to fill the "hundreds" of jobs it has in its system.
"The work does not stop - it's ramped up as some of our clients in the primary production sector increase production to meet New Zealand's needs. The cows still need [to be] milked and the crops must be picked," he says. 
On Wednesday, they had a client who needed more than 40 people to start immediately in south Canterbury because the local manufacturers are trying to meet local food production needs.
"Across the sectors we service, we have hundreds of vacancies, so we're calling out to all people who might be facing lay-offs as COVID-19 bites."
The kiwifruit industry is also putting out the call to workers affected by the disease, saying it will need more than 20,000 workers across the harvest and post-harvest period.
New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated chief executive Nikki Johnson said the sector is expecting a harvest of around 155 million trays of kiwifruit this year.
The industry was extending a message out to those in the hospitality, tourism and forestry industries, or anyone who may not have sufficient work due to COVID-19, that there were plenty of jobs available in kiwifruit orchards and packhouses over the coming months.
Significant volumes of kiwifruit are expected to be harvested next week and demand will remain high well into April, while final picking takes place in June. 
"The gold kiwifruit is ready first and it's a very short turnaround to get that fruit off the vines and into the packhouses. Then the green variety will be ready and it's full-on until early winter," said Johnson. 
Johnson said the industry's biggest challenge was to find the seasonal labor required - and avoid a labor shortage.
Jobs as a delivery worker could also be in demand after Amazon announced a plan to hire a further 100,000 workers in the US to cope with the surge of online deliveries during the outbreak.
The hiring spree will hire people in the company's warehouse and across its delivery network.
There are currently nearly 470,000 Amazon employees in the US. 
Airbnb hosts are beginning to feel the impact of the coronavirus pandemic following a change by the company to its cancellation policy that has allowed guests traveling over the next month to receive full refunds on their bookings, overriding existing policies put in place by hosts to protect themselves in such situations. 
That change has already cost Airbnb hosts in California, Florida, Kansas, Utah, Michigan and the state of Washington to lose thousands of dollars in reservations, numerous hosts told CNBC. 


Now, as cancellations continue and new bookings dry up, many hosts around the country have empty calendars for the coming weeks and are facing uncertain futures as the due dates for their mortgages, utility bills, homeowners association fees, and property taxes draw near. Without an option to work remotely during the coronavirus outbreak, some hourly workers in America worry they'll soon have to make a difficult choice: stay at home unpaid or go to work sick. Nearly one in four U.S. workers do not have access to paid sick days and a 60% live paycheck-to-paycheck.
Adriana Alvarez, a 27-year-old single mother who has been working at McDonald's since she was 17, said work has been "extremely nerve-wracking" with the threat of the coronavirus. 
"There's a lot of people coming through the drive-through. We're exchanging money," she said. "We're dealing with food. What if it spreads through food, you know what I mean?"


Alvarez is calling on McDonald's to provide paid sick leave to all employees. She has sick days but said it's hard to use them. "They don't want to give it to us," she told CBS News correspondent Adriana Diaz.
McDonald's said corporate restaurants are providing two weeks paid sick leave due to the coronavirus, but that doesn't apply to franchises
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday laid out details of the Trump administration’s plan to send Americans relief money as part of a massive stimulus package to blunt the impact of the novel coronavirus crisis.
Mnuchin said in a Fox Business Network interview that the plan, which is being discussed with congressional leaders of both parties, would send payments directly to Americans totaling $500 billion.
That money would be divided into two large tranches.
“The first one would be $1,000 per person, $500 per child,” Mnuchin said. “So for a family of four, that’s a $3,000 payment.”
“As soon as Congress passes this, we get this out in three weeks. And then, six weeks later, if the president still has a national emergency, we’ll deliver another $3,000,” Mnuchin said.
The plan may face opposition on Capitol Hill: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., argued on the floor of his chamber Wednesday that sending one-or-two-time checks would not provide enough to support people who lose their jobs.
Schumer suggested instead that providing expanded and “beefed-up” unemployment insurance would cover Americans “for a much longer time and would provide a much bigger safety net.”
Mnuchin has spoken with Schumer multiple times over the past few days.
The Trump administration’s proposal comes as stocks continue to fall, jobless claims start to rise and the number of Americans infected with or killed by the COVID-19 virus continues to expand.
President Donald Trump has already signed multiple emergency aid packages.

Earlier this month, he signed into law an $8.3 billion bill that sailed through Congress with near-unanimous support. On Wednesday, Trump signed an additional $100 billion package that includes provisions for emergency paid leave for workers as well as free testing for the deadly virus.