Australia's hospitality industry has suffered its fair share of setbacks due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Widespread staff shortages prompted by border closures and the exit of international students and working-holiday visa holders has hit the industry hard.
Now, as many jurisdictions eye the loosening of social distancing measures, concerns about staff shortages are growing.
In anticipation of a significant shortfall of workers, Australian Venue Co, which operates more than 170 hospitality venues across the country, has launched a recruitment drive to bring in 500 hospitality workers from the United Kingdom.
The group is dangling incentives such as a A$1,000 (HK$5,700) drinking and dining voucher as well as the promise of paying for their flights, hotel quarantine and two weeks of accommodation. Paid hospitality training will start during hotel quarantine.
AVC's chief executive, Paul Waterson, says that before the pandemic, they had 4,200 staff. Of them, he added, "900 were working-holiday visa holders who returned home at the start of the pandemic."
However, the UK is facing its own hospitality staff crisis, with reports that as many as 50 percent of hospitality workers do not intend to return to their jobs after the lockdown.