$26.00 an hour is proving to be insufficient to attract good candidates to basic retail assistant roles in Melbourne and Sydney.
This is my recent experience and the experience of several retailers I have spoken with in both marketplaces.
I know of one retailer who advertised at $30.00 an hour just to attract good candidates. Another offered a $10.00 a day meal allowance, while another offered a travel reimbursement of $100.00 a week even for local applicants. I know of another retailer looking for a junior full time, a role they have easily filled in the past, who has not given upon on that plan.
In my own case we are hiring for three shops and while we are attracting candidates, most are looking for their start in retail and still expect to be paid at Level 4 or Level 5. One good candidate took a role in logistics as they will make 50% more there since pay rates have grown along with the spike in what is being shipped.
In plenty of areas of need pay rates are growing fast. Other benefits are being offered, too, to attract employees. Awards are needed, but they are a baseline, a minimum, and in the city they are proving to not be enough.
Considering all this and stories in the news, it seems we are in for up to a year of challenges in finding staff, which makes holding on to existing staff very important.