I know of several retail businesses looking for employees right now, and struggling to attract applicants.
Above award rates have not attracted people, nor has reasonable roster flexibility for the casual roles.
Is it that retail has lost some appeal? Has Covid made people wary of casual work?
Where has the usual pool of uni students who would take these roles gone?
I’m not suggesting people who could apply are bludging or that government benefits for the unemployed are too high. I don’t support those tiresome and unsubstantiated views.
It does feel like something has changed. A year or two ago, a retail manager ad offering $60,000 a year would attract 30 applicants in a couple of days. Now, you are lucky to get one applicant. Like I said, it feels like something has changed.
Maybe there are less international students and the roles they would take for 20 hours a week are being taken by people who might otherwise apply for retail casual roles.
In terms of full time, maybe people who may have moved jobs 2 years ago now stay because they don’t want to be in a new role while Covid is in the community.
Regardless of the reason, it is challenging at the moment to full vacancies.