Canberra Businesses Tackle COVID Omicron Labor Shortages | Canberra weather

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In Canberra’s new normal, construction has come to a halt, supermarkets are empty, restaurants closed and appointments reduced, as COVID balloon infections wipe out staff across industries. Some companies say waves of workers laid off due to COVID have reached pre-existing pressure points, while others have retained their staff during the capital’s two-month lockdown, only to have to reduce their services when staff are no longer available. Due to shortages in the supply chain, Ainslie IGA co-owner Manuel Xyrakis struggled to put products on the shelves, as well as the staff behind the counter. With his main wholesaler down by around a quarter of his staff, Mr Xyrakis also struggled to fill his list as infections soared after Christmas. “We had up to twenty of our employees [off] with COVID but 10 of them have now recovered and returned, ”Xyrakis said. “So it was a challenge right after Christmas until last week. Bond Hair Religion owner Jenni Tarrant said she was currently down by about a third of her staff, and had canceled dozens of appointments due to the shortage. Shortages were already widespread in the industry, Ms Tarrant said, with salons losing workers on qualified temporary work visas throughout the pandemic. Hairdressers have been drawn to other professions throughout the lockdown as well, with Canberra “We do our best to keep everyone safe, including clients and ourselves, and we just have to take the beating “Ms. Tarrant said. the pandemic has revealed an urgent need for companies like his to rethink the way they recruit people. READ MORE: Its pre-pandemic list of 15 has been reduced to eight, with Mr Beaumont saying the company is turning down people who seek their services. “We are seeing a massive shortage of labor among young people, [they] are not looking to work in commerce at this time, ”said Mr. Beaumont. “And we’re also seeing a very high labor shortage of skilled workers. Canberra only offering a small pool to dip into. “We used to have a lot of people from out of town coming here, but now with COVID there are so many fewer people trying to move,” he said. The company started to think. ways to attract workers, including offering free beer to new hires for a year or cash bonuses, or helping with rental obligations and moving costs. “There is absolutely no certainty that the staff are going to be able to work,” said Brabender. the restaurant was taking Maxi Mum’s reservations well below capacity due to understaffing. “During the first outbreaks of COVID and the first lockdowns, we kept every staff member in place, and we continued to do so,” he said. “It’s just that now their availability for work is non-existent because obviously people traveled for Christmas [and] they have become close contacts. “Our coverage of the health and safety aspects of this COVID-19 outbreak in the ACT is free to everyone. However, we depend on subscription income to support our journalism. If you will You can, please subscribe here. If you have already subscribed, thank you for your support. You can also subscribe to our newsletters for regular updates. Our reporters work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. This is how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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