Restaurants turn to hiring apps as businesses struggle to find staff after COVID shutdown

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Demand for restaurants has been on the rise since cities and towns opened up following COVID shutdown orders, but after having to lay off some workers during the pandemic, many restaurant owners are struggling to find people to fill their positions.

Now some restaurateurs are turning to on-demand recruiting apps, such as GigProto meet their staffing needs. These types of apps allow managers to pay people who are looking for work at the last minute.

“I literally filled gigs at our restaurant within five minutes of posting my restaurant,” William Dissen, executive chef and owner of Haymaker in Charlotte, North Carolina, told me. CNBC.

It also allows managers and potential employees to try a service together before they are officially hired.

Restaurants across the country struggle to find workers to meet growing demand after the coronavirus pandemic

Some restaurateurs are now turning to on-demand recruiting apps like GigPro for last minute needs.  The app allows managers to pay the gigworkers at higher rates

Some restaurateurs are now turning to on-demand recruiting apps like GigPro for last minute needs. The app allows managers to pay the gigworkers at higher rates

It also allows managers and potential employees to try out a service together before being officially hired

It also allows managers and potential employees to try out a service together before being officially hired

“They have a chance to shine, or they have a chance to leave,” said Matt Bolus, executive chef at The 404 Kitchen in Nashville, which has hired a number of people through the app.

Those hired for these “gigs” are considered independent contractors, which means they are not protected by the Fair Labor Standards Act, Teofilo Reyes, chief program officer at Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, a nonprofit organization for restaurant workers.

He also fears that this could increase the risk of discrimination based on race or gender, as employers can view a potential employee’s profile picture.

But Bolus said, “I think these kinds of applications are just getting started and I think they might revolutionize the way we all work.”

Restaurants have also started offering money to job applicants just for showing up for an interview, CNBC reports.

“They say, ‘We’re actually giving you $50 in cash to show up for the interview,’ and then it’s up to the owner of the restaurant to sell them when taking the position,” said Jean Chick, American restaurant manager. and food service leader at Deloitte.

“I think there’s been some sort of reckoning in the restaurant industry,” Dissen added.

According to the National Restaurant Association, the industry has lost 2.5 million jobs since the start of the pandemic, and although restaurants have added jobs since then, the unemployment rate for hospitality workers is still above the national average.

A Panda Express restaurant displays a 'Now Hiring' sign in Tampa as restaurants face staff shortages.  About half work with 20 percent less staff

A Panda Express restaurant displays a ‘Now Hiring’ sign in Tampa as restaurants face staff shortages. About half work with 20 percent less staff

More people are now returning to restaurants as COVID restrictions are lifted

More people are now returning to restaurants as COVID restrictions are lifted

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were nearly 1 million job openings in the foodservice and hospitality industry at the end of March

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were nearly 1 million job openings in the foodservice and hospitality industry at the end of March

About half of all eateries are working with 20 percent fewer staff, the National Restaurant Association found, and the number of job openings in the food and service sector had risen to nearly 1 million by the end of March, according to the National Restaurant Association report. Labor Statistics Bureau.

However, many of those who were fired from their jobs in the restaurant industry do not come back.

Some found better-paying jobs elsewhere, CNBC reports, while others fear returning to work or are discouraged from returning to work because they collect unemployment benefits and incentive checks.

Mis en Place, a national employment agency for restaurants, interrogated 2000 line cooks and found that more than 1/4 of the kitchen staff had permanently left the industry.

Some cited relatively low wages and long hours as reasons for leaving, and another 1/3 of respondents said they would return to the industry, but 20 percent said they hadn’t found the right opportunity, 7 percent said they were concerned about COVID and 6 percent cited unemployment and stimulus controls as reasons not to return.

House Republicans Kevin McCarthy (top) and Steve Scalise (bottom) both complained about the $300-a-week unemployment benefit, saying that's why President Joe Biden's May jobs report was

House Republicans Kevin McCarthy (top) and Steve Scalise (bottom) both complained about the $300-a-week unemployment benefit, saying that’s why President Joe Biden’s May jobs report was “weak.”

Rep.  Elise Stefanik said President Joe Biden's jobs in May proved that the socialist economic agenda of

Rep. Elise Stefanik said President Joe Biden’s jobs in May proved that the socialist economic agenda of “Democrats” DOES NOT WORK.

In May, the US economy added 559,000 jobs, less than the 675,000 jobs economists had forecast, but better than the 266,000 workers showed in April.

In May, the US economy added 559,000 jobs, less than the 675,000 jobs economists had forecast, but better than the 266,000 workers showed in April.

The US economy added 559,000 jobs in May, while 675,000 were forecast. Unemployment fell to 5.8 percent.

Congressional Republicans took to Twitter Friday to criticize those “skinny” job numbers, with both House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Minority Whip Steve Scalise pointing the finger at the $300-a-week unemployment benefit that conservatives say has motivated Americans. to stay at home.

“Washington needs to stop paying people not to work,” McCarthy said, while Scalise’s tweet offered: “This is what happens when you pay people not to work.”

“If we come out of the virus, our economy should be booming, but today’s mediocre jobs report shows that President Biden’s policies have stalled our recovery,” McCarthy also said.

The No. 3 Republican in the House, Rep. Elise Stefanik – who stepped into the position last month after anti-Trump Rep. Liz Cheney was impeached – also complained about the new numbers.

“Again, President Biden’s jobs report misses the mark – further proof that the Democrats’ socialist economic agenda DOES NOT WORK,” the New York Republican tweeted.

Biden has said unemployment benefits will end in September and praised May’s job numbers, saying they represented “historic progress,” while also pointing out that the new count comes from a time when far fewer Americans were fully vaccinated, as the number was lower than expected.

“America is finally moving again,” Biden said Friday in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. “As we continue with this recovery, we will encounter some bumps along the way. You can’t restart the world’s largest economy like the flip of a light switch.’

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