Telstra has announced that it will look to fill another 2,500 customer service positions to help its customers better cope with the coronavirus pandemic.

The telco had already announced that it will be hiring for 1,000 extra jobs, with 19,000 people reportedly applying for the first wave of positions.

While a portion of the new positions will be filled by those who had previously applied, Telstra will also look to hire people who have been laid off as a result of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, IT company Datacom are hiring an extra 1,000 people for their Modbury call centre with defence giant BAE also looking to bolster its workforce in South Australia.

The news follows the Federal Government and State Government both passing extra stimulus packages to support those affected by nationwide shutdowns in some industries.

As many as six million Aussies will be eligible to claim the government’s JobKeeper package, which will provide payments of $1,500 per fortnight for those kept in jobs.