As major staff shortages continue to rock Australia’s hospitality sector, one operator is offering a $5000 sign-on bonus for full-time workers.
Sydney Restaurant Group, which operates eateries including Aqua Dining at Milsons Point, Ormeggio at The Spit, and a number of Ripples locations, needs to double its workforce by summer in order to operate at full capacity.
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“We’ve got a whole range of jobs from waiters to sommeliers to assistant managers, to managers, to cooks, to chefs.
“Pretty much every position, we really need to boost up our workforce so we’re looking at every department.”
He said lack of staff was causing businesses to shut down for certain shifts or days.
“Many of our restaurants are limiting capacity or closing certain shifts simply because we don’t have the manpower to be able to be at full capacity, which is damaging for us and our industry and the economy,” Drakopoulus said.
The industry is also hoping the federal government will lift its migration intake, to allow more foreign workers to take up empty positions.
“I think there are over 900,000 visa applicants before the government and I don’t know how many coming through, but it’s not coming through quick enough.
“The whole industry is relying on a lot of these migration visas coming through because a lot of those people that are coming are skilled and can train our young people too, so we really need to get that happening.”
While wages are on the way up, new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows they’re still failing to keep up with the rising cost of living.
Private sector wages rose 2.7 percent in the year to June quarter 2022, but with inflation now at 6.1 per cent, workers have effectively taken a 3.5 per cent real wage cut over the past year.
“A big part of the story is the global story,” Treasurer Jim Chalmers told Sunrise on August 2.
“Obviously the pressure on energy and food prices internationally is having a big impact … but there is a supply chain story in our own country too.
“It will get worse before it gets better, but it will get better,” Chalmers said.