There is no labour shortage

While companies advertise that they are hiring, there’s a lot of evidence that they ghost qualified applicants and are reluctant to take on staff. They would rather continue with a skeleton crew of the minimum number of staff they think they can get away with. It keeps staffing costs down and increases profit margins.

Putting up signs saying they’re understaffed and trying to recruit achieves two things:

  • Customers are less likely to complain about slow service.
  • Staff are less likely to complain about being overworked as it appears their managers are trying.

If companies really wanted to recruit staff, they would:

  • Pay a living wage
  • Advertise their real wages (not “up to…”)
  • Respond to all people who applied
  • Offer staff regular hours so they can plan their week without worrying about being rescheduled at the last minute