World Australia: Faced with the shortage of labor, employers offer a bonus at hiring

15:00  17 august  2022
15:00  17 august  2022 Source:   rfi.fr

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In Australia, a generalized shortage of labor slows down the economic recovery. Some employers are ready to do anything, to offer golden bridges to recruit, even for servers and low -skilled positions.

With our correspondent in Sydney, Grégory Pless

is lunch time in this Italian restaurant located on the seafront. Its owner, as summer approaches, is ready to do anything to recruit. "We wish to recruit more than 150 people immediately, so much so that we are ready to offer them a bonus at hiring of 4,500 dollars (or 3500 euros)," he said.

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Bill Drakopoulos, the CEO of a group of 15 restaurants, does not do so by altruism but because as a majority of employers in Australia, he has all the sorrows of the world to recruit.

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strategy This shortage of labor, a consequence of a zero covid strategy which has resulted in the total closure of the country's borders for two years, the Australian government is perfectly aware of this. Also to remedy this, it intends to fall under 25% immigration quotas next year, and accommodate up to 200,000 foreigners per year.

"This is a great initiative but I would like them to go even further. We will continue to put pressure on the government to increase these quotas, hoping that many French people will come! », Salues ​​Bill Drakopoulos.

To meet the current crisis, the government will also organize a job summit next month. The unemployment rate, at 3.5%, has been at the lowest in the country.

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