A GYM branch is offering workers a huge £3,000 signing on fee for personal trainers – but nobody wants to do it.
A staffer at a chain in Queensland says the company has been left with no choice but to resort to cash incentives amid a critical workers shortage in Australia's job market.
Christian Sutton, from Conquer Fitness, said finding employees in regional areas was getting “incredibly difficult.”
And despite his business offering £3,000 – close to 15 per cent of a personal trainer’s estimated annual income (£41,000)– they are struggling to find anyone qualified to take the role on.
“There are so many avenues that we are offering in the incentive package, to get people out there,” he told national outlet Sunrise.
“It's been a real struggle to find qualified and skilled workers to come and be personal trainers in the gym, for sure.”
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His comments come as companies across the board have been left desperate for staff – with some offering signing bonuses as a high as £7,000.
Even salaries for low skilled jobs such as fruit picking are reportedly reaching highs of more than £4,000 after industry experts labelled the workers shortage a crisis.
As a result, Bjorn Jarvis, head of Labour Statistics at the ABS, said more and more businesses are looking to hire multiple staff members to plug the gaps.
“A quarter of businesses reported having at least one vacancy in May this year,” he said.
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“This rate was more than double the pre-pandemic level in February 2020 (11 per cent), which highlights the extent to which businesses are finding it more difficult to find staff.”
The shortage of workers has largely been accredited to the covid pandemic and border shutdowns – which saw backpackers leave the country in droves.
In an attempt to avert a disaster, the government set up a scheme last January to lure in locals to pick up the slack – worth up to $6,000 (£3,300) for Australian workers and up to $2,000 (£1,100) for international job seekers.
But retailers are still finding staff so hard to come that some companies are now at risk of financial collapse, a national retail peak body has warned.
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According to Australian Retailers Association (ARA), the search for new workers has got bad that companies have even begun harnessing the work power of pensioners.
It earned calls from employers for the federal government to relax income restrictions on retirees who could fill critical labour gaps.
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