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Hospitality workers can be paid up to $50 an hour as desperate managers struggle to hire staff

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Hospitality workers could soon be paid wages of up to $50 an hour as managers are desperate for staff when they reopen after lengthy lockdowns.

While residents of New South Wales and Victoria visit pubs, restaurants and cafes to enjoy their restored freedoms, hospitality owners are scrambling to find staff to meet demand.

Managers are forced to compete for staff, with flexible shifts and high wages, in some cases up to $45 an hour and if there is no casual labor from abroad, that could be even higher.

But as wages skyrocket for those behind the bar, a major industry association has warned it will be customers who will be forced to pick up the bill.

Hospitality workers could demand wages of up to $50 an hour as managers are desperate for staff after lengthy lockdowns crippled the industry (pictured, a bartender in Melbourne)

As Victorians continue to enjoy their newfound freedom in pubs and restaurants, hospitality bosses struggle to find workers to meet demand (pictured, a Melbourne location)

As Victorians continue to enjoy their newfound freedom in pubs and restaurants, hospitality bosses struggle to find workers to meet demand (pictured, a Melbourne location)

Wes Lambert, the chief executive of Restaurant and Catering Australia, revealed that some locations are spending thousands on sign-up and retention bonuses.

“Some companies offer up to $45 an hour for positions that would normally pay in the 1920s,” Mr Lambert told The Age.

The chief executive said the price of food and drink as entrepreneurs pass on their higher personnel costs to customers.

‘They had to go up – the price of a cup’ [of coffee for] $4 and the $28 price of a steak have been stagnant for a decade,” he said.

Melburnians were recently released from the world’s longest lockdown after enduring a collective 262 grueling days under stay-at-home orders as the Covid pandemic gripped Victoria.

However, after lengthy border closures, companies have become desperate for staff after the loss of migrant workers and students from abroad.

Businesses across Melbourne have been forced to entice their workforce with promises of flexible services and high wages, in some cases up to $45 an hour (pictured, a bar in Melbourne)

Businesses across Melbourne have been forced to entice their workforce with promises of flexible services and high wages, in some cases up to $45 an hour (pictured, a bar in Melbourne)

Managers have taken to social media to beg for new staff as avid gamblers flock to bars, pubs and restaurants for the first time in months (pictured, Melbourne gamblers)

Managers have taken to social media to beg for new staff as avid gamblers flock to bars, pubs and restaurants for the first time in months (pictured, Melbourne gamblers)

A major industry association has warned it will be customers who foot the bill if managers are forced to entice high-wage workers (pictured, a Melbourne restaurant)

A major industry association has warned it will be customers who foot the bill if managers are forced to entice high-wage workers (pictured, a Melbourne restaurant)

Managers have taken to social media to beg for new staff, as eager gamblers flock to bars, pubs and restaurants for the first time in months.

Dean Jarvis, the administrator of the Melbourne Bartender Exchange Facebook page, said the job openings posted on the page had exploded.

“From about August it was about nine to fifteen” [job offers] a day — and now we’re over 50 a day,” he said.

The administrator said locations even offered relocation bonuses to staff.

A manager on the Sydney Bartender Exchange Facebook page said they were looking for reception staff to work 20 hours a week “immediately”.

“Great pay and free food,” the burger joint in Darlinghurst promised.

In response to the dwindling number of hospitality staff available to work, Crown Melbourne has pledged to train 1,000 employees by mid-July.

Extensive border closures have left businesses desperate for staff after the loss of migrant workers and students from abroad (pictured, a Melbourne restaurant)

Extensive border closures have left businesses desperate for staff after the loss of migrant workers and students from abroad (pictured, a Melbourne restaurant)

Meanwhile, Melbourne and regional Victoria are set to reunite from 6pm on Friday, when the 80 per cent vaccination target is expected to be met – in time for the long weekend.

Victoria recorded 1,935 new Covid cases and 11 deaths on Sunday as the government announced a series of changes to its roadmap for freedom as the state breaks vaccination targets.

Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said 91.2 percent of Victorians have had a first dose and 73.7 percent are fully vaccinated, putting the state on track to reach 80 percent double dose by next week.

Starting October 29 at 6pm, Victoria will move to the ’80 percent settings’, meaning residents can move freely around the state.

Victoria’s Path to Freedom: All Changes for Fully Vaccinated from 11:59pm on October 21

“Because of everything the Victorians have done, tomorrow we can start again with the things we love.  Thank you Victoria - I'm so proud,

“Because of everything the Victorians have done, tomorrow we can start again with the things we love. Thank you Victoria – I’m so proud,” Daniel Andrews (pictured) tweeted Thursday

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  • No restrictions on leaving home and curfews from 9:00 PM to 5:00 PM abolished and Melburnians are allowed to travel freely within the metropolitan region
  • Traveling between regional Victoria and Melbourne is still not possible – unless for an authorized reason

Meetings in the home and public areas

  • A maximum of ten visitors (including dependents) per day are allowed in a house
  • Up to 15 people can gather outside

Locations including catering, shops and personal services

  • Hospitality establishments, including pubs and clubs, will reopen for seated and outdoor service only, with a capacity limit of 20 fully vaccinated customers indoors and 50 outdoors
  • General retail will reopen for outdoor service, only with click-and-collect services to remain available
  • Entertainment venues, including cinemas and physical recreation, will reopen for 20 fully vaccinated people indoors and 50 outdoors
  • Hairdressers and beauty salons are allowed to open with a limit of five customers

Weddings, funerals, places of worship

  • Religious gatherings, weddings and funerals are allowed to take place with 50 fully vaccinated people outdoors and 20 indoors

Schools and childcare

  • Students in years 3 to 11 start the staggered return to school
  • Early childhood care opens again for children of fully vaccinated parents

masks

  • Masks remain mandatory both inside and outside

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