Hospitality staff shortage force owners to search interstate | The Source SA – food, wine and reviews
AN Adelaide restaurateur — behind some of the city’s most iconic eateries — says he’s been forced to look interstate for staff because of a lack of skilled workers in SA.
Simon Kardachi said he had been unable to find local staff for his new pizzeria at Henley Square, delaying the opening of what will be his third Melt restaurant.
“We know that the SA Government is focused on job creation and they are also pitching SA as the food and wine capital of Australia,” Mr Kardachi said.
“But the businesses that Ben and I are involved with are at the forefront of delivering this food and wine experience and we are struggling to get great people into many vacant roles that we have.
“It makes it difficult to deliver the experience.”
Mr Kardachi, who created the city centre restaurants Osteria Oggi, Shobosho and Press with his business partners including Ben Kelly, has spent more than $1 million redeveloping the old Evida site on Seaview Rd.
The restaurant will open next month with about 120 staff.
Mr Kardachi said high-school leavers looking for their first job were among those applying for jobs.
“(This) means we will spend a lot of time, energy, money on training and educating and many won’t last because they won’t have the diligence and work ethic required,” he said.
“Increased number of hospitality venues is a good thing for Adelaide but we are now not only competing for customers, but we are also competing for good staff.”
The SA Tourism Association’s Ian Horne agreed, saying there was a lack of “skilled, career-minded people” in Adelaide’s hospitality scene
“There is a lot of cannibalism that goes on in bars, restaurants and cafes across Adelaide,” Mr Horne said.
“Deloitte’s came out with figures which said in 2017 Adelaide had less 15 to 34-year-olds than in the mid 1980s.
“We have less people in that crucial working age group.”