Australia is struggling to find cleaners and hospitality worker, offering $6000 cash

The jobs no one wants: Australia battles to find workers to fill roles across farming and cleaning – because locals ‘don’t want to get their hands dirty’

Australia is struggling to find fruit pickers, cleaners and hospitality workers after travellers were forced to go home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The government is now offering $6000 cash incentives to Australians willing to work on farms, in a last-ditch attempt to save the agriculture industry.

But smaller businesses, unable to draw in workers with a lump sum of money, claim they are battling to fill roles because there is a shortage of people willing to get their hands dirty.

Janice Healey, who owns a domestic cleaning business on the Gold Coast, said she was forced to advertise for staff but has had zero applications.

The government is now offering $6,000 cash incentives to Australians willing to work on farms, in a last-ditch attempt to save the agriculture industry. Pictured: Workers sort and pack strawberries at the Chambers Flat Strawberry Farm in Queensland

The government is now offering $6,000 cash incentives to Australians willing to work on farms, in a last-ditch attempt to save the agriculture industry. Pictured: Workers sort and pack strawberries at the Chambers Flat Strawberry Farm in Queensland

‘Nobody wants to work. I am 60 and am happy to work. I know it’s physical work but it’s not difficult,’ she told Gold Coast Bulletin.

Melinda Enriquez, who manages 32 properties through Airbnb, said she has had difficulty filling cleaning jobs.

Her struggle comes as demand for accommodation spiked after Queensland announced the borders would open to Victoria and all of NSW come December 1.

‘I have put up six advertisements for cleaners and only received five responses. I’ve also messaged about 20 companies and they too are struggling to find cleaners,’ Ms Enriquez said.

Ms Enriquez said some cleaners are charging ‘ridiculous’ rates because there are a lack of cleaners in the market.

The re-opening to southern states has also put pressure on the hospitality and tourism industry in Queensland.

Janice Healey, who owns a domestic cleaning business on the Gold Coast, said she was forced to advertise for staff but has had zero applications. ‘Nobody wants to work. I am 60 and am happy to work. I know it’s physical work but it’s not difficult,’ she said

Janice Healey, who owns a domestic cleaning business on the Gold Coast, said she was forced to advertise for staff but has had zero applications. ‘Nobody wants to work. I am 60 and am happy to work. I know it’s physical work but it’s not difficult,’ she said

Lincoln Testa, the owner of Madison’s Cafe, has worked in the hospitality industry for 36 years.

‘Before COVID we used to get about 20 or 30 resumes dropped in a week, now we just get a handful and most of them aren’t for us,’ he said.

Mr Testa is expecting the summer peak period to go for longer than normal as Victorians and Sydneysiders are finally allowed to make the trip up the coast.

Fewer than 150 people have been lured by cash payments of up to $6000 to move to the regions and help with farm work.

The Morrison government is now launching a social media blitz to fill more than 26,000 vacant farm jobs.

The campaign will target 400,000 Australians and visa holders aged between 18 and 30 in Queensland, NSW and Victoria.

The re-opening of borders to the southern states has also put pressure on the hospitality and tourism industry in Queensland

The re-opening of borders to the southern states has also put pressure on the hospitality and tourism industry in Queensland

Fruit and vegetable pickers, packers, pruners and planters are in demand across the three states.

At a recent online jobs fair, 26,012 jobs were on offer, but only 2716 job seekers attended.

To back up the Harvest Trail campaign, the federal government is offering short-term agricultural workers up to $6000 if they are Australian or $2000 if they are a visa holder with general work rights.

 

‘I want as many job seekers to consider a seasonal job because we know that our farmers are desperate for more workers,’ Employment Minister Michaelia Cash said.

 

‘The pandemic has been devastating particularly for young Australians, which is why the offer of seasonal work is such a great opportunity to earn a wage in a short period of time.’

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The three-week social media campaign will target far northern and southern Queensland, as well as NSW and Victoria.

Fruit and vegetable pickers, packers, pruners and planters are in demand across Queensland, NSW and Victoria

Fruit and vegetable pickers, packers, pruners and planters are in demand across Queensland, NSW and Victoria

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Frank
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Frank Fremer is a seasoned journalist, blogger and political analyst for over a decade in Uganda

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3 COMMENTS

  1. It’s a great opportunity for those leaving in Australia, but there are a lot of people outside Australia willing to come and work in Australia but have never been given opportunities actually am among them.
    Its Also not easy to get connection but if the government could set up genuine agencies or do it by them self as in with their labour or immigration agencies, they will never run out of employees in what ever stuation like UAE because they have free and easy entry
    Thanks
    Abubakar Sekatawa
    From Uganda but currently leaving in dubai

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