Fast food giant Chicken Treat has offered up to $130,000 for a store manager in the Pilbara region, highlighting the extremes businesses are taking to lure staff amid the State’s crippling skills shortage.
Along with the lucrative salary package, applicants for the role in South Hedland were offered an option to fly-in-fly-out, a performance-based manager incentive bonus, relocation assistance with two return flights home per year, accommodation and a retention bonus after 12 months of being in the job.
Management experience in hospitality was required.
The West Australian understands the ad posted on employment site Seek was closed two weeks ago and the role has since been filled.
The widespread skills shortage has forced many regional businesses to offer attractive salaries.
The Good Cartel in Broome advertised six vacant positions in March across their kitchen and front-of-house, including offering a pay package worth $92,030 to work as a barista.
Economist Conrad Liveris said while it was hard to get staff in Perth for hospitality workers, it was “extremely” hard in the rest of the State.
“It’s a regional job so you got to pay a bit more there and it’s hardly a glamorous job, you’ve got to pay a bit extra to make it enticing for people,” he said of the Chicken Treat offer.
“This is a sign that employers are responding to the tight labor market by actually increasing wages. They’ve gone from complaining to starting to pay.
“It’s actually a sign of the market just working as it should and employers that can pay for staff are actually paying.”
Mr Liveris said such a salary package would not be offered for the same role in Perth and employers in the State’s South West and Great Southern would pay even less.
“There is such a demand that (Chicken Treat) think that they can pay a manager $130,000 and still make a profit,” Mr Liveris said.
“This also shows that the Port Hedland and South Hedland employers know that they need to compete for mining workers, they need to pay high salaries.”
The latest job advertisement data on Wednesday laid bare the extent of the shortage of workers across WA.
The National Skills Commission revealed job advertisements surged 128 per cent in the South West, 98.6 per cent in Perth, 83.1 per cent in the Goldfields and 63.9 per cent in the Pilbara and Kimberley on pre-pandemic numbers.