Vancouver restaurant facing labor shortage resorts to $ 50,000 salary for dishwasher job


Competitive salaries needed to attract staff who used lockdown time to regroup and rethink employment options

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“Effects of the labor shortage, $ 50,000 a year to do the dishes,” reads an ad posted by Vancouver’s Handi Grill restaurant, which is looking for a few employees in times of extreme labor shortage. of work.


Content of the article and WorkBC job postings state that “the hourly wage will be $ 25 for 40 hours per week. No experience or education is required, and training will be provided to eligible applicants.

Start date? As soon as possible.

It became even more urgent to fill positions quickly, as the province announced it would lift some of the last restaurant restrictions on October 25 for most areas of British Columbia.

Comments left on various social media where the dish jobs have been broadcast reveal how those outside the industry are taking the news. On Reddit, for example, several users seemed disenchanted with the news.


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The minimum wage in BC is $ 15.20, which places this job well above what could normally be paid. The positions were posted on August 24 and are still listed on both job boards.

Because many restaurants find themselves in financial difficulty after the pandemic is closed or their operations downsized – and even with the reopening, not all customers have returned, many owners cannot afford such competitive salaries, William Tse, director of the BC Asian Restaurant Cafe Owners Association, told the website.

CEO Mark McEwan recently announced that he is downsizing his business in the face of growing debt. He says he owes $ 10 million, after his six restaurants and two food halls were closed for lockdown and his food division was blocked because parties and events were not allowed. He had to put 200 people on leave and file for creditor protection.


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With emergency aid due to end on Saturday, Handi Grill could see its job offers increase.

“To attract these great people,” Tse said, “restaurants have to offer competitive wages and living wages. Otherwise, no one will accept the offer.

All restaurateurs who want to stay in business will have to come to terms with today’s reality that, in general, a restaurant employee’s hourly wage now exceeds $ 20 an hour, he said.


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