Australia liquor store hiring with 10-minute interviews

Dan Murphy's offers walk-in job interviews as Australia faces a historically low number of workers.

Australian liquor store Dan Murphy’s is offering on-the-spot job interviews in 10-minute slots because of a staff shortage ahead of Christmas.

During the hiring week from Monday until Sunday, the business aims to take on more than 2,200 casual workers.

The country is seeing one of its tightest jobs markets in nearly 50 years with the unemployment rate at a record low of 3.5%.

Last week, Australia raised its cap on permanent migration to help fill jobs.

    “We wanted to make it as easy as possible for people who are interested in a career with Dan Murphy’s to get a foot in the door,” according to Dan Murphy’s incoming managing director Agi Pfeiffer-Smith.

    Australia’s acute worker shortage – the second-worst after Canada in the OECD group of advanced countries – was caused by the pandemic and Australia’s tough border policies have exacerbated staffing gaps across all sectors, including hospitality and retail.

    The government announced last week it will take up to 195,000 people this financial year – an increase of 35,000 as it tries to fill almost a half a million job vacancies.

    Workers from countries including China, India and the UK – Australia’s top sources of migration, are needed to fill them, the government said.

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