A McDonald’s franchisee in Tampa, Florida, said he’s paying people $50 just to turn up for a work interview, but he’s still having trouble finding candidates.
After advising them to “do whatever you need to do” to recruit more staff, a general manager and supervisor devised a strategy for paying potential employees to turn up for the interview, according to Blake Casper, the franchisee who owns the McDonald’s location.
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Casper, who owns 60 McDonald’s restaurants in Tampa, said, “If we can’t keep our drive-thrus going, then I’ll pay $50 for an interview.”
Twitter users have posted images of signs advertising the change outside McDonald’s locations in the area: “I’ll give you $50 if you agree to an interview.”
McDonald’s has been asked for comment by The Epoch Times.
Increased federal unemployment benefits, which were extended after Congress passed a broad pandemic relief bill, could be leading to the shortage of people looking for work, according to Casper. He went on to say that more companies are looking to recruit at the moment.
“Right now, it’s a perfect storm,” Casper said in the interview, which was released about a week ago.
He continued, “You’ve got a lot of people with a lot of money, and they’re out there shopping.” “On the other hand, we’re scrambling for assistance.”
Owing to the labor shortage, Casper and other franchise owners have been forced to increase employee pay. He also mentioned that he is considering approving starting salaries of $12 to $13, which is significantly higher than Florida’s minimum wage.
“The biggest problem out there is that the federal government and state governments are going to keep this unemployment going because it is truly creating an opportunity to not work right now,” Casper said.
“How do you accuse someone?” says the narrator. You can make more money on unemployment—so we have to be above that.”
According to the National Federation of Independent Business, a survey found that 42 percent of small businesses have work vacancies they can’t fill, blaming the phenomenon on increased unemployment insurance.
According to the report, “Owners continue to struggle to find skilled candidates to fill positions as they deal with increased unemployment benefits and the pandemic holding some workers out of the labor force.” “A net 28 percent of owners registered the compensation (up three points) in the past year,” according to the survey.
“A net 17% target to lift salaries in the next three months, down two points,” it continued. Labor costs were cited as the top business concern by 7% of owners, while labor quality was cited by 24% of those polled. For small business owners, finding qualified candidates to fill open vacancies will become increasingly difficult.”