A COMPANY is offering £4,400 for workers with no experience – but no one wants the work.
The manager of a cleaning company based in Sydney, Australia, said he was forced to raise wages after struggling to find new cleaners to fill the job.
Joy Vess, of Absolute Domestics, told The Daily Telegraph her company had raised the hourly rate to $45 (AUD), just over £25.
She explained that starting salaries are now around $93,000, which equates to just under £52,500.
And so that means cleaners could now earn up to £4,400 a month as the company desperately tries to fill the gaps.
She said: “I can see it’s making a difference now…the contestants are just thrilled.
“Since mid 2021 I haven’t been able to get enough cleaners to maintain the business, in some areas I don’t market at all – Bondi, Manly, I don’t advertise at all because I don’t can’t find any cleansers there at all.
“Nine months ago I raised the hourly rate to $35 and that didn’t fix the problem, so three weeks ago I raised it to $45 an hour.”
She added that despite the increase, she was still struggling to find staff for certain areas.
She also called on the government to allow international students to work longer hours.
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Meanwhile, she’s not the only one struggling to find workers, amid Australia’s staffing crunch.
Companies in the mining section of the country have offered jobs with starting salaries of £80,000 and signing bonuses of £7,000 in a bid to find staff.
Positions available include automotive electricians in Queensland who could start with a salary of nearly £80,000 ($140,000).
Jobs also include automation engineers, metallurgists and geologists, all with salaries between £57,000 and £73,000.
And some other companies have resorted to offering a £7,000 ($10,000) sign-on bonus and a £3,000 ($5,000) referral bonus.
And an Australian MP has pleaded for fruit pickers to come forward to sort through this season’s bumper crops.
MP Anne Webster called the shortage of staff willing to take on the £4,000-a-month job a “tragedy in the making”.
Ripe fruit is left to rot on the ground due to lack of workers – and it could cost the country millions.