The 'war for talent' in the hospitality industry rages across the globe, with restaurants desperate to find staff as they open up after a year and a half of hardship.
New Zealand news site Stuff reports how one restaurateur was forced to pay out a $20,000 sign-on bonus to make sure he kept his new chef from being poached.
After several false starts, Upokoina George-Yates, the general manager of Churly’s Brew Bar, decided to take decisive action after his former new staff member was poached.
After a four-month search, George-Yates thought he had finally found the perfect fit for his head chef position, only for his new recruit to disappear after only three days when he a got a better offer. In order to prevent the same from happening again, George-Yates realised he would have find a way to stop staff from getting their heads turned - $20,000.
“Everyone knows the situation. Higher-skilled workers such as head chefs are few and far between,” George-Yates told Stuff.
The 18-month-long coronavirus pandemic has turned many hospitality workers away from the industry, creating a shortage of skilled labour. As restaurants look for a stable footing after a very shaky time, some have no option but to try to entice already employed staff from other establishments.
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